Moto2: Champion Binder makes KTM debut at Jerez

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While the 2017 MotoGP championship has been getting underway at Valencia’s post-season test, reigning Moto3 world champion Brad Binder has begun his step up to the middleweight class at Jerez, taking to the track for the first time on KTM’s new Honda-powered Moto2 machine.

Completing 70 laps on his first day on the 600cc machine, Binder was left delighted with his progress, even as he admitted that he’s aware of the challenges of moving up a class on a brand new bike.

"We had a good day today at the Jerez Circuit. I enjoyed my first experience of the KTM Moto2 bike a lot. I've spent many years in Moto3 and it's a strange feeling to switch to a new bike. However, I am definitely happy with how everything has gone; basically I tried to adapt to the new conditions, and this takes time. Every time I went out on track I managed to go faster, and feel more comfortable. It all looks good for now and I can't wait to get back testing tomorrow."

He was joined by an equally pleased teammate in the shape of Miguel Oliveira, whose Moto2 experience this year alongside former Moto3 champion Danny Kent means that the transition from Kalex to KTM was a little easier.

"It's been a very positive day with the KTM bike, with which we were able to put in a lot of laps. It was an important day for us, to compare the feeling between the bike I had ridden all season and this one, as I have things fresh in my mind. We rode without problems and tried a few things to test the reaction of the bike.

"We took things calmly, without focusing on being fast and instead looking to transmit how the bike worked to the team. Above all, I am very happy to be working with the Red Bull KTM Ajo again and enjoying myself."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer