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Moto2: SA's Brad Binder British GP preview - 'It takes a village to get the Red Bull KTM Ajo team working as a well-run machine''

2018-08-24 14:30

Brad Binder

Image: Red Bull

Ahead of the British GP at Silverstone, Brad Binder gives us some insight behind-the-scenes at Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

"In the Moto2 team we have 23 or 24 people, between two riders. There is a lot that goes into running a team,” Binder explains.

"Each rider has two mechanics, then we have a data and a crew chief. We have the suspension guys and KTM technicians. Behind the scenes you have the team co-ordinator, a media guy, the team manager Aki Ajo and his wife, who does all the accounting. If you had to add in everybody who is involved in the team in some way, you would be on the upside of 30,” he says. 

"It’s a well-run machine. Each person has a vital role in making this big adventure possible."

According to Binder it is something of a big family. A family who spends a lot of time together.

"My team mechanic is Caesar and my crew chief is Andreas and Mickey. My entire squad are all Spanish. Next year I will be going into my fifth season with Ajo Motorsports. I’ve been around the same bunch of guys for many years now. They have become my best friends," he says.

"I would say there is only serious work in the box for about two hours a day, and the rest of the time the mechanics are working, but we always make sure we have a good time. I feel it is really important with the long days at the track to have a chilled and funny atmosphere in the team and the box."

That atmosphere translates to good results however, and Binder is confident ahead of this weekend’s race.

"Going into the weekend at Silverstone I worked really hard away from the track. I did a lot of gym work and a lot of cycling. Physically, I feel really strong. I managed to sneak off home to South Africa for a little bit, and I’ve come back refreshed and excited about the rest of the season,” he says.

Read more about his team, his preparation for Silverstone and how he feels about yet another sixth place, at the Austrian GP, in his blog here


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