Red Bull KTM Factory Racing battled to strong results at the Motul TT Assen as both Brad Binder launched from a mid-grid slot to capture 5th in front of another busy venue of more than 100,000 spectators on race day, hungry for Grand Prix action.
The quick, technical and demanding TT Circuit Assen was packed to the rafters for the first time since 2019 and the wet weather that blighted the first day of Free Practice for round eleven of twenty in the current campaign steered clear for the 26-lap, 118km race distance on Sunday. Brad qualified in 10th place on Saturday and sat at the front of the fourth row.
As the race started Brad leapt to the fringes of the first five riders and was then battling with Maverick Viñales and Jack Miller for a sniff of the last podium step. He set his eyes on 4th place as Viñales escaped in the final stages – light rain even started to briefly fall at one point – but then Aleix Espargaro joined the contest in the closing two laps and the Catalan’s move in the final chicane squeezed the South African.
Brad was 5th by less than two tenths of a second and was less than 1.5 seconds from Viñales and the podium. 5th was still his second-best result of 2022 so far and with a race time almost 30 seconds superior to his 2021 effort at TT Circuit Assen.
Brad now rests 6th in the Riders World Championship as the MotoGP season takes a five week break. The Monster Energy British Grand Prix will fill the twelfth stop for 2022 MotoGP but will not take place until the first weekend of August.
Brad Binder: “A good race and it felt like it was qualifying from the start to the end! I tried my-heart-out for the podium, I thought it was possible. On the last lap I dived up the inside of Jack but then Aleix got us both: I’m glad we all made it around and nobody crashed! Anyway, it was nice to have a top five finish; it’s been a while. I started at the front, more than I have done lately, and it’s easier to be fighting from 10th than say 15th. I think we got some good data for the team and it’s clear where we need to improve. Once we get it right then I believe we will be really strong.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are set for a promising Motul TT Assen and the eleventh round of 2022 MotoGP as Brad Binder entered Q2 and rode to a top ten position on the grid during qualification at the prestigious TT Assen Circuit.
MotoGP moved rapidly from Sachsenring, Germany to the fast curves of the TT Circuit Assen for the latest stop on the long 2022 Grand Prix trail. The flat and historic venue has staged world championship racing for more than 70 years and welcomed back a full capacity crowd for the first time since 2019.
4.5km long with 18 corners or ‘kinks’; the TT Circuit Assen is a quick but technical blend and is favored by riders for the challenge. The Dutch climate proved to be unstable for the first day of Free Practice on Friday with rain creating treacherous conditions but the facility dried enough for Brad to emerge as the fastest RC16 rider with 7th on combined times.
On Saturday the clouds drifted over but Assen stayed dry. During Q1 Brad, teammate Oliveira and Remy Gardner all entered the first two qualification slots but it was the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo that made the breakthrough. During Q2 Brad secured 10th place which means he heads the fourth row.
Moto3 begins the Dutch race day at 11.00, followed by Moto2 at 12.20 and MotoGP at 14.00 CET.
Brad Binder: “Pretty good today. I’m happy to have gone through to Q2 and I think that’s the first time in five races that we’ve managed it. It’s important, and I also had strong pace in FP4 and felt good. Everything’s looking good for tomorrow and I want to put a decent race together. I need to put more effort into the first sector but overall the team worked really well and I’m happy with our base setting here. Tomorrow will be a tough race here and it always is at Assen but I’m excited to see how we will get on.”
Dunlop has renewed its partnership as an official sponsor of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), which this year takes place on a demanding route at Le Puy-en-Velay, France, from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
This continued partnership will include the return of the Dunlop Geomax Challenge for club level amateur teams as well as support for all Dunlop partner teams and riders. In 2022, Team USA’s A-team will be amongst the challengers racing with Dunlop and the Geomax EN91 tyre.
The Dunlop Geomax Challenge, introduced for the 2021 edition held in northern Italy, supports and promotes club and amateur riders in this most gruelling of endurance competitions.
Central to Dunlop’s involvement in the ISDE is the Dunlop Geomax EN91 tyre, which has been designed to give riders superb versatility over a wide range of riding conditions. Its compound was specifically created to provide the highest grip on off-road surfaces, while its pattern features hexagonal blocks to give agile handling, thus reducing rider fatigue. As a result, the innovative tyre is now a winning choice for enduro riders of all levels.
Luca Davide Andreoni, Marketing Manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Europe: “We are excited to return as an official sponsor of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro this year after a successful debut of the Dunlop Geomax Challenge in 2021. We look forward to supporting teams of all levels, from professionals fighting for the overall victory to club and amateur riders racing as part of the Dunlop Geomax Challenge. The beauty of this competition is that club level riders race with the same Dunlop Geomax EN91 tyres as the top-level teams.”
Fabio Muner, FIM Marketing & Digital Director: “Firstly on behalf of the FIM I would like to express our thanks to Dunlop for their continued support and involvement at the ISDE. Their programme captures the spirit of this great competition perfectly, with their Dunlop Geomax Challenge aimed at the Club Teams, whilst they are also providing tyres to the American team who again look to be one of the main challengers in the FIM World Trophy class. Having amateur riders racing alongside the pro competitors is one of the things that makes the ISDE so unique.”
The FIM is honoured to announce that RK Takasago Chain has expanded its partnership with the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) for a further three years following the success of the initial two-year agreement.
With more than sixty years of experience in the sector RK is recognised as one of the leading manufacturers of chain, and over this long period has delivered constant quality, innovation and high-performance products that has allowed them to work with world-renowned partners.
The now confirmed ongoing relationship, that will cover five years in total, will see RK remain an official 6DAYS sponsor for the next three editions of the ISDE starting with this year’s event in France that will be staged in Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September, plus covering the competitions in Argentina in 2023 and Spain in 2024. The newly signed agreement means that RK will hold the exclusive rights in the chain market segment for an additional three-years.
With a hugely positive outcome during the last two editions of the ISDE, RK will continue to use the opportunity of the 6DAYS to reinforce their brand exposure in the off road / enduro market segment. Equally important is the fact that RK will also continue to use this historic competition as the ultimate test for product development and will benefit from valued feedback from their supported riders who include the likes of Italian rider Andrea Verona, Daniel Milner from Australia, Mikael Persson from Sweden, and Hamish MacDonald from New Zealand.
Reliability is a key element of the ISDE and is a value that is forefront in RK Takasago Chain objectives alongside the company’s motto “being the best is a commitment”, hence the renewed partnership represents the perfect event / brand synergy.
Expressing his appreciation of reaching this new agreement Fabio Muner – FIM Marketing & Digital Director commented: “Yet again we see another brand which has directly benefited from its official association with the ISDE, and thanks to those measurable results has taken the decision to extend its relationship with what remains one of the biggest events in the off-road calendar. The ISDE offers a unique opportunity for product development during six tough days of competition plus the chance to showcase the brand to a truly global and targeted audience. We are super pleased to retain RK Takasago Chain as part of the ISDE and would like to thank them for their continued support.”
Mr. EH Lee, RK Vice President commented: “We are very proud to continue the partnership with the oldest FIM competition worldwide, the International Six Days of Enduro. Being “The Choice of Champions!” is our goal, and we believe the best R&D is only available on race tracks. We will continue to take this opportunity to prove the performance and quality of our products, also taking every chance possible to refine our product. Being the best is a commitment! “
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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing clocked a double top ten result at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland and in front of a sell-out crowd packed into the sunny Sachsenring. The tenth round of the MotoGP world championship saw Brad Binder finish 7th as all KTM RC16 riders grabbed points in Germany.
The gradients and varying curves of the Sachsenring welcomed back MotoGP fans for the first time since 2019 and hot summer weather forged a memorable 24th visit to the circuit located a short distance west of Dresden and Chemnitz. The grandstands and banking were loaded with 232,000 appreciative spectators for the latest episode of the unpredictable racing series.
The short 3.7km layout produced incredibly close lap-times with up to 20 riders separated by less than a second in Free Practice. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing filled slots on the fifth row of the grid while Tech3 KTM Factory Racing began Sunday’s affair from slightly further back. The 30 circulations represented the highest quantity of laps at any track this season and the tight nature of Sachsenring meant that overtaking was a tricky task. A decent start was essential and in this respect Brad gained three positions on the first lap. The South African then kept pushing through the field. In the early stages he had Miguel Oliveira for company.
Air temperatures breached 30 degrees and created demanding conditions for the riders but also the machinery. Brad progressed up to 7th and was just seven seconds away from the podium. It was his fourth consecutive top ten. He is now 5th in the Riders world championship.
From one historic circuit to another: MotoGP next attempts the fast and flowing layout of the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands for round eleven next weekend.
Brad Binder: “It’s a been a long weekend for us here. He tried to be competitive over one lap but it’s been really difficult to get in the top ten. In Warm-up this morning I managed to push all the way consistently and could find my pace and all my marks. My goal today was to make sure I finished the race so I’m happy that I could give all I have. We take home a 7th and I expected better at one point but I didn’t have anything left with the rear tire. We just have to keep working. Next week at Assen is a completely different track with different conditions. I hope it will suit us better.”
MotoGP arrived at the halfway stage of the 2022 season with the trip to the distinctive Sachsenring circuit and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder lines in 15th – on the grid for tomorrow’s Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
MotoGP regathered at the swirling Sachsenring circuit close to the city of Chemnitz for the latest ‘double’ of action this season (the German event and round ten of twenty will be followed by the Motul TT Assen in Holland the following weekend). The weather conditions were almost ideal: sunny, warm and with a strong breeze. The 3.7km German course tested the technical precision of the riders with a hefty emphasis through ten left hand corners of the thirteen. The track also mixes slow sections with faster segments towards the end of the lap for harder braking and passing opportunities.
The KTM riders used Friday’s Free Practice sessions to work on the base setup for maximum turning potential and increased downforce. All four Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders had to enter Q1 on Saturday afternoon.
Brad Binder was just behind teammate Oliveira in Qualifying. The South African was just 0.1 of a second slower and classified 15th.
Brad Binder: “I felt quite OK in qualifying and FP4 was not so bad either but we had to put in some used tires for qualifying and it was the smallest margin to go through. It is unfortunate to be starting so far back again but I’m confident our race pace is much better than what our positions have been so far. We will be better-off tomorrow. We’ll need to stay calm, make a good start and pick people off from there.”
After slipping to a shock defeat on the first day of the opening round of the 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship, defending champion Toni Bou (Montesa) fired straight back to reclaim the top spot today – but the victory hung in the balance until the very last section of the final lap.
The rider who pushed him all the way to the end of day two of the TrialGP of Spain at L’Hospitalet de L’Infant was yesterday’s winner Jaime Busto (Vertigo) who has started the season in the best form of his career.
In the TrialGP Women and Trial2 categories Emma Bristow (Sherco) and Pablo Suarez (Montesa) completed double weekend wins while David Fabien (Beta) came out top in Trial3.
With three sections made harder for all classes following yesterday’s event and the blazing Spanish sun beaming down all day, fitness and finesse were called for in equal measure.
At the age of 35, Bou is 11 years older than his fellow Spaniard and he needed to draw on all the experience of 15 years at the top to beat a rival who is displaying incredible maturity and the ability to soak up pressure – and there was no shortage of pressure today with just one mark separating the winning pair after the full 24 sections.
Bou led Busto by one mark following the opening lap on a total of three but an early maximum on section two on the second lap when he momentarily stopped between two huge steps handed the younger man a four-point advantage which he briefly held before he incurred a five of his own on the rocky, near vertical banks of section four.
The pair then slugged it out at the front through a super-tense final eight section with both adding a couple more marks to their totals with Bou ending on 10 to Busto’s 11.
“I didn’t start the season with the best day yesterday,” said Bou, “but today I was riding well. I made a mistake and stopped at section two on the second lap but it’s amazing to start with a second and first place here in Tarragona.”
Just to underline their dominance, former champion Adam Raga (TRRS) was third on 32 and the veteran was 11 clear of fourth-placed Jorge Casales (Scorpa) and 17 ahead of Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) who completed the all-Spanish top five.
British lioness Bristow made it a dazzling double today in TrialGP Women with a dominant performance as once again Berta Abellan (Scorpa) emerged as her main competition – although the Spaniard was soundly beaten.
Bristow, who lost her world title last year after seven consecutive crowns, parted with two marks on the opening lap to lead Abellan by two before moving up a gear on the second lap and staying clean as her rival added an additional 12 to her total.
“I felt like I was riding well today and didn’t really make many mistakes,” said Emma. “I had a good feeling with the bike and two out of two is a dream start to the championship.”
A close fourth yesterday, Italy’s Andrea Sofia Rabino (Beta) completed the podium with her total of 31 good enough to finish two marks ahead of yesterday’s third-placed finisher Naomi Monnier (GASGAS) from France before a sizeable gap back to German rider Vivian Wachs (TRRS) and Norwegian Huldeborg Barkved (GASGAS).
That’s six different nationalities on five different marques in the top six – well they do say variety is the spice of life!
There was another dynamite double in the Trial2 class where Suarez made it two wins on the trot – but Britain’s Jack Peace (Sherco) made him fight for it every inch of the way.
A phenomenal opening lap of just one gave the Spaniard a seven-mark advantage over Peace – last year’s Trial2 runner-up – and Norway’s Sondre Haga (Beta) at the halfway stage but it was almost all-change at the top on lap two.
On his second circuit Suarez appeared to tighten up and a couple of maximums and a three contributed to his final trial total of 17 and he only took the victory on a tie-break after rock-solid Peace added just an extra nine to his score.
“It has been an amazing weekend for me,” said Suarez. “The second lap today was not so good but I managed to keep the lead. I’m so happy.”
Haga also suffered a dip in form and he was lucky to make the podium for the second time over the weekend with his final total of 24 only one better than Britain’s Billy Green (Scorpa) who took fourth on a tie-break from Hugo Dufrese (Vertigo).
Even riders at this level suffer from first-day nerves and Czech teenager David Fabien (Beta) saw his hopes of victory yesterday in Trial3 evaporate on the opening lap. However, he secured third on Saturday with a sensational second lap and carried this momentum into today.
Tied with Saturday’s winner Harry Hemingway (Beta) on two marks after a close and competitive opening lap, Fabien stayed cool and collected on lap two and added another couple to his total to claim a career-first win at this level as the British rider racked up a further 13.
“It’s my first win so it feels great,” said Fabien. “Today was very good for me – it was super-hot and the sections were very hard so I’m super-happy with my riding.”
Following the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a podium on his series debut, Jamie Galloway (TRRS) bounced back to make it two British riders on the box with a total of 28 to take third from Harry’s younger brother George (Beta) who finished on 35 after dropping 11 marks in the final three sections.
The best trial riders on the planet now have just a few days to regroup before round two is staged on June 17-19 with the TrialGP of Andorra, held high in the Pyrenees around the scenic town of Sant Julià.
Based around 70 miles south west of Barcelona, the Tarragona venue hadn’t seen top-flight trial action since the 2015 FIM Trial des Nations.
Defending champion Toni Bou (Montesa) hasn’t lost an opening round since 2016 but the record-breaking champ – who’s looking for his 16th straight title this year – had to settle for second after a sensational performance by fellow Spaniard Jaime Busto (Vertigo).
In baking temperatures Busto recorded only his second career-win at the highest level – and the first-ever TrialGP victory for the Spanish manufacturer – to put himself on top of the world!
“Today has been incredible,” said Busto, “and I’m so happy to start the season like this. The bike and the team have been incredible and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
After an opening man-made section of logs and concrete pipes that took a shock maximum at the first attempt from Bou, the action was predominantly in and around a dry riverbed where super-steep bankings and huge rocks provided a serious challenge for the best riders in the world.
Following a high-scoring opening lap with plenty of time penalties that ultimately had no bearing on the podium positions, Miquel Gelabert (GASGAS) was leading on 22 followed by Busto and Gelabert’s younger brother Aniol (Beta) – who was riding out of his skin after graduating to the TrialGP class this season – on 24. Bou was next best on 25 with Adam Raga (TRRS) completing the all-Spanish top five on 27.
Ultimately, two sections decided the outcome of the trial – section four set under a viaduct with precipitous bankings and imposing boulders and section eight in the riverbed with its series of massive rock steps.
Bou couldn’t get to grips with either and picked up maximums at each attempt while Busto added just eight to his total as he ran out winner with 25 on observation and four time penalties giving him a six-mark advantage as Bou parted with 32 and picked up further three on time.
Gelabert was a career-best equalling third on a total of 45 which put him six clear of his brother as Raga came home in fifth on 51 with his four time penalties costing him a position.
With last year’s TrialGP Women champion Laia Sanz absent, the premier female class followed the form book with Britain’s Emma Bristow (Sherco) – who won seven straight crowns from 2014 to 2020 – quickly getting into her stride.
A single mark lost on section three on the opening lap put her at an initial disadvantage when Naomi Monnier (GASGAS) from France, Andrea Sofia Rabino (Beta) from Italy and Norway’s Huldeborg Barkved (GASGAS) all went clean to share the early lead in this truly international class.
Bristow, however, is a master at dealing with pressure and she quickly regrouped to lose just two further marks on the remainder of the 12-section lap to tie for the lead at the halfway point with her Spanish rival Berta Abellan (Scorpa) as Monnier and Rabino shared third position on nine marks apiece.
It was a high-pressure start to lap two with Bristow and Abellan going toe-to-toe until section six when the 31-year-old Brit pulled clear to complete the lap having added just a single mark to her score as Abellan racked up an addition six penalties to end the day with a total of nine.
“Obviously, I’m pleased to come away with first,” said Bristow. “It’s a great way to start the championship. Hopefully tomorrow the sections will be a little bit more difficult but I’m happy with the way I feel on the bike and the team is really good.”
Completing the podium after a second lap of 12, Monnier’s score of 21 put her two ahead of Rabino and five in front of Barkved.
With Toby Martyn (TRRS) and Aniol Gelabert – first and third last season – both moving up to TrialGP and Britain’s Jack Peace (Sherco) and Italy’s Lorenzo Gandola (Beta), who finished 2021 in second and fourth, both having a bad day the door in Trial2 was left open for some fresh talent to shine.
It was rising Spanish star Pablo Suarez (Montesa) who produced an almost faultless performance. After ending last year’s series in seventh, the 21-year-old has clearly been working hard over the off-season and he dropped just two marks, his second coming on the very last section of the trial!
His compatriot Arnau Farre (Sherco) was tied with him for the lead at the halfway mark but a maximum on section six on lap two ruined his chances and he ended the day on a total of seven which was still 10 clear of third-placed Sondre Haga (Beta) from Norway.
“Today has been great for me,” said Suarez. “There was some pressure because Arnau was also riding really well. I’m very happy with the result.”
With electric motorcycles competing against conventional petrol-engined machines for the first time in the series’ history, French rider Gael Chatagno (Electric Motion) showed just how competitive these bikes can be and was only three marks away from the podium.
For 2022 the old Trial125 class has been rebranded as Trial3 and Harry Hemingway (Beta) got his campaign off to the best possible start with a conclusive win – although it wasn’t all plain sailing for the young British rider who ended last year as runner-up. A comfortable six marks clear of Adria Mercade (Scorpa) following his incredible clean opening lap, a maximum on section six second time around caused a few nervous moments but he held it together and his total of seven saw him finish five marks ahead of his talented Spanish rival to top the 28-strong field.
“It’s the ideal way to start the year,” said Hemingway. “I set off great with a perfect first lap but I got a bit tired in the heat on the second lap and made a mistake but I’m still very happy with a score of seven.”
The Czech Republic’s David Fabien (Beta) started the day as one of the pre-event favourites but a disastrous opening lap total of 18 dropped him out of contention. However, the 16-year-old – fourth overall in 2021 – showed his class and parted with just three marks on lap two to snatch the final podium position from class newcomer Jamie Galloway (TRRS) from Britain.
The action resumes tomorrow with the first rider away at 9am.
During the recent FIM Board meeting the host countries for the next two editions of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) were confirmed as follows: 2023 Argentina (CAMOD) and 2024 Spain (RFME).
Next year will see the ISDE return to Argentina, this being only the second time that this historic event has visited this South American country, the inaugural visit being back in 2014 when the enduro world descended on San Juan for a memorable edition of the 6DAYS. David Eli – Director of +Eventos was at the helm eight years ago and therefore has previous experience of organising a successful ISDE alongside other high-profile events such as the MXGP of Patagonia and the Desafio Ruta 40 – Cross-Country Rallies, all staged in Argentina. Details regarding dates / location will be released during this year’s ISDE in France.
Then a year later, in 2024, the FIM International Six Days of Enduro will return to Spain for the fifth occasion, with this enduro rich country having previously hosted the event in 1970 – El Escorial, 1985 – Alp, 2000 – Granada and 2016 – Navarra. The last time the 6DAYS was held in Spain in 2016 it also marked the first edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy, which took place during the last three days of the competition at that time, with both the modern and historic event attracting a high level of entries. As is traditional full details of this event will be released during the 2023 ISDE.
Post pandemic and more than one hundred years since the first ISDE was run in Great Britain, confirmation of the next two editions of the 6DAYS at this early stage reinforces that the event remains one of the most important off-road competitions for national federations and the motorcycle industry. Moreover, with travel now back to normal, the return of the ISDE to Argentina next year confirms that it continues to be a real global competition with the plan to visit other overseas countries every three or four years to assist with the development of important markets for enduro.
Delighted to be able to confirm the next two host countries Jorge Viegas – FIM President said: “Interest to stage the 6DAYS post the pandemic is both strong and healthy and will allow us to return to our plan of taking this long-standing competition to new and established countries throughout the world so it can play its part in growing new enduro markets. The next three editions of the ISDE in France, Argentina and Spain respectively will really cement the huge importance of this event in the international off-road calendar as one of the biggest and most import occasions each year.”
Whilst planning has already started for 2023 and 2024, the immediate focus is on this year’s ISDE to be held at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September, which is now less than three months away. To keep up to date with all the latest news and to learn all about the 2022 ISDE visit – http://www.fim-isde.com