CzechGP: Brad Binder “lost for words” after maiden MotoGP win, Espargaro “could not show my potential”
In fine style, Red Bull Factory KTM’s Brad Binder became the first MotoGP rookie to win a premier class race since Marc Marquez in COTA back in 2013 after a dominant win in the Czech Republic.
The South African bounced back from two difficult weekends in fine fashion, winning in Brno by over five seconds to Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco.
Binder showed the same form in Jerez, but three costly mistakes in two races sabotaged the Red Bull Factory KTM rider’s chances of a podium battle.
The former Moto3 World Champion bounced back in style, putting in a remarkable performance at the MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY to claim his, Red Bull KTM and WP Suspension’s first MotoGP victory.
Speaking after his maiden premier class win, Binder commented:
Brad Binder – 1st“Honestly, right now, I’m lost for words. I’ve dreamt of this since I was a little boy and today it came true. It is amazing to win my first GP [in MotoGP]. Thank you to everybody who supported me, and the whole team; they put an insane motorcycle beneath me today! I didn’t know if we could win but I knew we would have a go. It was the craziest ten laps of my life at the end. I was being as soft as I could. It was incredible. Unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, team-mate Pol Espargaro didn’t have the same luck as the South African, crashing out on lap ten after contact with Johann Zarco.
The Frenchman dived underneath Espargaro, who ran wide at turn one, and the pair made contact as the Spaniard returned to the racing line.
Zarco was later awarded a long lap penalty, but Espargaro feels this cost him a shot at victory.
Pol Espargaro – DNF“It’s unfair but it is racing, and we have to deal with these things. I was behind Brad and watching the others and playing with the maps to be strong at the end. I felt I could make ‘58s in the last laps, so I was trying to be relaxed when the contact happened. I could not show my potential and win the first race for KTM but I’m happy for Brad because he’s a good guy and works hard. We had a real chance today and we’ll hope for another one very soon.”
The MotoGP paddock now heads to Austria, KTMs home Grand Prix. Can the successful Austrian firm repeat their successes from Brno on home turf?
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