Brad Binder In Title Fight - This Is What He Puts His Focus On
In 2023, Brad Binder has started better than ever into a new season. For the time being, however, he wants nothing to do with the title fight.
KTM rider Brad Binder comes to the French Grand Prix in Le Mans in third place in the championship. On his KTM RC16, the South African seems to be able to exploit his full potential in 2023.
The 27-year-old has already claimed two sprint wins and a second place in the feature race of the Spanish Grand Prix and is within striking distance of World Champion Pecco Bagnaia in the standings, 26 points behind.
Although Binder never finished higher than eighth in the premier class at Le Mans, anything seems possible with the KTM this year.
“I have a great feeling with the bike at the moment, the team is working well, we have to try to continue this momentum,” the South African sums up the season so far.
“Le Mans is a track I’ve always enjoyed, even if the weather is always good for a surprise.” A rather rainy weekend is expected this year as well, however, even that should not dampen the rush of fans.
Last year, 225,000 spectators visited the tradition-steeped race track in Le Mans. Brad Binder is looking forward to the crowds of fans:
“The amount of fans is incredible. We’re sleeping in the motorhome and already tonight the engines were howling all night.”
“It’s insane. This is definitely the craziest race of the season when it comes to the fans and spectators. I always enjoy it here.”
"It's far too early" to cast an eye on the title
The South African wants to finish the fifth race weekend of the season as far ahead as possible – the RC-16 seems to be better than ever giving him a chance to fight for the top positions.
After a successful Spanish Grand Prix weekend, the title in the Riders’ championship remains within reach.
But even as the third-best rider in the field up to this point, Binder is not yet casting an eye on the coveted trophy as “it is still far too early in the season” for that.
He knows that “what’s more important is what we do day by day and what we can achieve at the moment. My focus is on trying to stay strong and fight for podiums every weekend. What that will lead to at the end of the season, we will see then. The job we do today will decide that.”