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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.”

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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.”

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Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz finished second in five of the seven MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike races going into Saturday’s race one at Road America. But he refused to finish second again, the South African going head-to-head with Italian Danilo Petrucci and coming out on top of a last-lap brawl to score his first victory of the season and the fifth Superbike win of his career.

With Scholtz and Petrucci well clear of the battle for third place, it all came down to the last lap. Petrucci led, but Scholtz had a plan and he stuck to it. With a late-braking effort and a block pass into turn five, Scholtz took the lead. Petrucci tried to pass in the final corner, but it didn’t work and Scholtz was able to hold off the horsepower of the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R up the hill to the finish line – by just .015 of a second.

The win, the fifth Superbike victory of Scholtz’ career and his first in the dry, vaulted him to the top of the championship point standings by a single point over Petrucci, 125-124.

Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Hector Barbera was third, the Spaniard earning his first MotoAmerica podium in his second season in the series. Barbera crossed the line 8.5 seconds behind the battle for victory and just .055 of a second ahead of his teammate PJ Jacobsen.

And what of defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne? Gagne and Petrucci touched under braking, and both ran wide on the first lap in turn five. While Petrucci was able to get his Ducati slowed down and turned, Gagne was forced to take to the gravel trap on the outside of turn five and he tipped over. By the time Gagne got going again, he was 29th and dead last.

From there Gagne and his Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha YZF-R1 went on a charge through the pack to an eventual fifth-place finish and the 11 championship points that come with it. Points that may prove valuable at season’s end.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis and Richie Escalante were next, the pair separated by some 13 seconds with Lewis sixth and Escalante seventh.

Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Corey Alexander was eighth with Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Larry Pegram ninth, in his return to MotoAmerica Superbike racing, and Aftercare Hayes Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates rounding out the top 10.

With seven races in the books, Scholtz leads Petrucci, 125-124 with Gagne third with 102 points. Barbera moves into fourth with 79 points, one point more than Gagne’s teammate Cameron Petersen with the South African out of the race on lap five with a mechanical failure.

Mathew Scholtz – Winner

“I kind of thought after corner five, I had a decent gap that he (Petrucci) wouldn’t be close enough to me, but he obviously had a really good couple corners after that and caught up to me. I didn’t realize in the final corner he was going to try to pass me. I kind of heard him turning in and out of the corner of my eye, I saw his front tire. I actually had to give it a little bit of gas to make sure that he didn’t touch me and push me wide. We crossed the finish line and I looked right, and he was right there next to me. I wasn’t even sure that I had won, at that point. I think over the last two races that we’ve had, if you combine both of those finishing times, they’re both less than eight tenths. So, it’s been extremely close. I’m just really happy to be up here battling with this guy. Coming off of MotoGP, winning a Dakar stage, it really shows how the Westby team have made the bike better, how I’m riding better. I think things might have been different if Jake (Gagne) was there, but sometimes you’ve got to take your luck when it comes.

Danilo Petrucci – Second Place

“I don’t know if I was able to pass him on the straight before the finish line, so I tried to pass him in the last corner. I tried, but I’m happy because since VIR we are facing a big problem with the engine brake. This morning we decided to completely change the setup on the engine brake, especially on braking. It seems this morning the bike was working a little bit better. For sure, it was a tough weekend, but I’m happy with this second place. For sure I wanted to win. I tried until the last moment. For sure I understood that I need to be harder on the pass because every rider that passed me pushed me out of the way. From tomorrow on I will try the same.

Hector Barbera – Third Place

“It’s a very great moment for me because I work too much for that moment, but I think with that bike we need more time for arrive to go fast. But after today, we try a good line for my bike go better, especially the electronics part. Now I’m faster. Every session I’m more and more fast with more confidence. I’m very happy. The team has worked very good and worked a lot all winter because new bike. Needed too much time for go fast.”

Superbike Race One

Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
Hector Barbera (BMW)
PJ Jacobsen (BMW)
Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
Richie Escalante (Suzuki)
Corey Alexander (BMW)
Larry Pegram (BMW)
Ashton Yates (BMW)

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Picture Caption: Mathew Scholz (11) beat Danilo Petrucci (9) to win MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike race one on Saturday at Road America.
Photography by: Brian J. Nelson


Brad Binder and teammate Miguel Oliveira starred for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as they scored 8th and 9th positions in another strong MotoGP outing for the squad, this time around the slippery Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. A hot and demanding Catalan Grand Prix saw all KTM RC16s in the points with both Tech3 KTM Factory Racing MotoGP class rookies posting their highest classifications to-date.

Sweaty and humid conditions marked the ninth Grand Prix of 2022 and the 31st time the compact Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya has welcomed the FIM series. The state of the Spanish asphalt proved to be a headache for teams in their quest to maximize grip and also perverse tire life throughout the 24-lap race distance.

Brad was the most advanced KTM rider on the grid with a berth on the right side of the fifth row. The South African then circulated in close company with teammate Oliveira for most of the affair as the pair were among the very few racers that selected the hard front Michelin tire. Brad was able to create a small cushion for himself in 8th.

Brad is now 6th in the championship standing.

MotoGP remains in Catalunya on Monday for a one-day IRTA test. Both KTM teams will be in action testing parts and ideas for the 2022 and 2023 configurations of the KTM RC16. The series then pauses for a week before the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring on June 19th.

Brad Binder:
“Today, if you look at the positions, I don’t think we can be too unhappy. To come from 15th to 8th means some solid points for our tally but it was a difficult race. I couldn’t push like I wanted as I had problems with front traction and was looking after the rear tire. I just tried my best until the end and that was all I could do. Tomorrow my main goal is to make sure that the team have a very clear idea of what we need and which direction we have to work and how they can bring us a competitive package for not only the rest of the season but also next year.”

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