Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder has begun testing his new KTM Moto2 machine at Jerez in Spain. The reigning champion will be riding a Honda powered KTM motorcycle for 2017 Moto2 World Championship. He was joined by 2015 vice champion Miguel Oliveira in the team.
The Moto2 rookie completed 70 laps on his first day of testing on the 600cc machine. He is quite impressed with the much powerful middleweight machine and his first experience is positive. He also admitted that he is aware of the challenges that he will face in the class.
Binder said, "We had a good day today at the Jerez Circuit. I enjoyed my first experience of the KTM Moto2 bike a lot. I've spent many years in Moto3 and it's a strange feeling to switch to a new bike.
"However, I am definitely happy with how everything has gone; basically I tried to adapt to the new conditions, and this takes time. Every time I went out on track I managed to go faster, and feel more comfortable. It all looks good for now and I can't wait to get back testing tomorrow."
The South African's teammate Oliveira joined the Moto2 class this year and he has some experience in riding the 600cc motorcycle alongside his rival and former Moto3 Champion Danny Kent. The Portuguese rider said that the transition from Kalex to KTM frame was a little easier.
Oliveira said, "It's been a very positive day with the KTM bike, with which we were able to put in a lot of laps. It was an important day for us, to compare the feeling between the bike I had ridden all season and this one, as I have things fresh in my mind. We rode without problems and tried a few things to test the reaction of the bike.
"We took things calmly, without focusing on being fast and instead of looking to transmit how the bike worked to the team. Above all, I am very happy to be working with the Red Bull KTM Ajo again and enjoying myself."