Red Bull KTM Ajo ready for first race of 2016

thumbMEDIA RELEASE: After one and a half months of pre-season action, the Losail International Circuit hosted the final test of 2016 this weekend.

The final day saw Red Bull KTM Ajo riders Brad Binder -with 37 laps- and Bo Bendsneyder -36 laps- finish fine-tuning the setups for their KTM bikes, improving their times for the third consecutive day and placing fifth and thirteenth for the night.

In the overall standings for the three days, the South African was again fifth, whilst his rookie teammate was fourteenth.

The opportunity to start the evening’s proceedings was not one taken by many of the Moto3 riders, as the conditions were not favourable in the first session and most elected to stay in the garage.

That was the case for the Red Bull KTM Ajo pair, who did go out in the second session with the intention of making up for lost time.

Binder headed the timesheet with his first 2:05 lap, and Bendsneyder went seventh by improving on his Saturday best time.

However, all of these times were bested in the final hour of the test. With a 2:05.805 lap, Binder was just three tenths off the top lap of the night, whilst Bendsneyder placed thirteenth with a 2:06.400.

After the Official Test in Qatar and previous trips to Valencia and Jerez, Red Bull KTM Ajo have concluded their preseason preparations for 2016.

The duo are now ready to go in the season opener, which will be held next weekend at the Losail International Circuit.
Results – Combined Standings Day 3
1. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 2:05.444
2. Livio Loi (Honda) 2:05.661 +0.217
3. Fabio Quartararo (KTM) 2:05.717 +0.273
4. Jorge Navarro (Honda) 2:05.784 +0.340
5. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.805 +0.361
13. Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:06.400 +0.956

Results – Combined Standings Day 1-2-3
1. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 2:05.444
2. Livio Loi (Honda) 2:05.661 +0.217
3. Fabio Quartararo (KTM) 2:05.717 +0.273
4. Jorge Navarro (Honda) 2:05.784 +0.340
5. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.805 +0.361
14. Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:06.400 +0.956