Great performance by Brad Binder. Starting tenth on the grid, he has been able to reach a fourth place at lap 16 out of 23. Then he settled in sixth, and successfully defended the position until the end. His fastest lap was set at the last one, highlighting an aggressive race, a rider who never lost concentration and a bike properly set up, and fast from start to finish.
Brad has been, also today, the fastest among the riders equipped with Mahindra. With the ten points got here, he climbs up to 77 in the championship classification: he’s tenth, thanks to a progression that, from Mugello (GP of Italy) onward, marked 7, 10, 7,20,7,10,1,10 points.
Jules Danilo, who started from a position more back on grid, in the first laps has been able, like his team mate, to gain places, getting close to the top twenty. Than a contact with a competitor meant him losing eight position. He has been able to make up places again, but not enough to be again in contention for the position he desired.
Brad Binder (39’55”365 – 6°) “I had my biggest problem right at the beginning, stuck in traffic. The ones in front went away, but I realized I had the best pace in my group, so I went in front and pushed, closing the gap. I quickly understood what were my strongest points – the fast corners – and used them to my advantage. I tried my best until the end, clocking my fastest lap at the last one, giving my all, but sixth has been the best we could get today”.
Jules Danilo (40’46”688 – 26°) “A good start, and quickly I was running in 23rd, and at a constant pace. In turn 2 a competitor completely hit me, you can see the mark of his tire on my back, and I lost contact with the group. I have been able to make up a bit, but into a fast corner I was forced to go wide and out. Rejoined, but last. I pushed as hard as I could, always in the 44. I’m disappointed because my pace was good, and when I see the lap times of the guys in front it seems to me that today we could finish in the points”.
Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Principal) “We progressed very well from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, and what we got in the race was the best possible result. Maybe we could cross the finish line even in fifth, with Brad, but this is not the point. The bike was good, and Brad has recovered his usual shape after a difficult race in Silverstone. We are satisfied with the result and the job done”.