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Binder: KTM ‘not in a terrible place’ despite tough season start

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 18: Brad Binder of South Africa and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing leads Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Honda and Francesco Bagnaia of Italy and Ducati Lenovo Team during the MotoGP race during the MotoGP of Portugal – Race at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on April 18, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Brad Binder says KTM is ‘not in a terrible place’ despite the squad’s tough season start in Qatar and Portimao.

“I definitely feel like we need something on the front, for sure,” Binder said. He finished 14th in Qatar. He, however, finished 5th in Portimao after starting 18th, but did not manage to get involved in the podium battle.

“I do feel like there’s something there we could improve. It’s clear the first three races have not been what we wanted, for sure, it’s been super-tough for us.

“But I think the important thing is to keep really working at it and I think we will get it right.

“The amount of brain power we have here in KTM is huge and I’m sure they’ll figure it out. I hope sooner than later, but we’re not in a terrible place anyway.”

Binder says KTM has made improvements to his machine in Portugal, but says they have to be “very cautious” with the front-end.

“We really struggle a little bit with the softer compound but we’ve done a bit of work on the bike to help ourselves out and I think we made a small step for that.

“But the problem is we need to be very, very cautious on the front; you can’t brake super-hard and throw it in because it does just disappear on you.

“It’s a difficult situation at the moment but we’re working hard to try and adapt our bike to make it work.

“For race pace we’ve definitely found something, but we just need to try and make a step for that one-lap pace.

“We did play with the front-end a little bit. Nothing too crazy to be honest, just to try to make it a bit stable for us.

“That’s about the only change we’ve made, it’s very close to what we’ve been using. It’s just more accepting what we have and trying to work with it.”

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