Binder: "They all went into the pits and I decided to gamble"

"The first lap, fine, but the last two were very intense. The brakes got completely cold and I couldn't stop the bike. I couldn't stop. It was impossible," he says.


Second MotoGP victory for Brad Binder. The previous one was in Brno 2019 and the one now, at the Austrian GP, was a heroism, for standing on the KTM with dry tires in the rain for the last six laps.

-Congratulations. The bet has turned out well.

-Yesterday I went to bed wanting to get a podium. I think it is the period since I have been competing that I have not been in the box for the longest time. I had stayed fourth a few times, but I really wanted to. In the race, the rear tire slipped a lot at the beginning and I couldn't move forward. But when I saw that it started to rain, I was clipping a lot of time to the head and I got to his wheel. I saw Marc take a look back to see what they were going to do. They all came in and I decided to gamble. The first lap was fine, but the last two were very intense. The brakes got completely cold and I couldn't stop the bike. I couldn't stop. It was impossible. But in any case, sometimes you have to bet and sometimes you do well.

-When did you realize you could win?

-I was getting excited when I saw that it began to sparkle. That's when I saw my opportunity to come back, because in the dry I had no options. It was worth it because I was racing at home and had to gamble.

-Before coming to Austria, Oliveira was in front of him. Was it hard to see yourself behind your teammate?

-The positive thing about the last few races for me has been that I have seen what the bike is capable of. So I just had to work on myself. It's much easier this way, because you have to work hard to emulate what your partner does. That is why it is good to have a pilot by your side who is fast, because it keeps you competitive and teaches you. This is something that makes me a better pilot.

-Did you know how far it was?

-When I saw that everyone entered the pit lane I knew it was the opportunity to gamble. I did not care if I went to the ground. It was a great decision during the first lap. In the first sector I was going very fast, in the second more or less, and then I already reached Turn 5 and I was super wet. When the tires and brakes were hot it was safe, but when they got cold the last two laps took forever. Then I remembered that my brother told me that he was very impressed with the grip that the slicks had in the wet and something has had to do with that in my decision.

-How did you feel on the last lap?

-It was a disaster. I saw that he had a 9-second lead with the second, but I didn't know if the one behind him had slicks or water tires. I thought you might hunt me down. I pushed hard, stopping the bike as best I could and opening the gas at the exit of the curves. But it was virtually impossible to stay on top of the bike on the last lap. At turn 3 I couldn't stop the bike, only the rear brake worked, but the bike crossed me and I went straight. Somehow I put the bike on the track again and in the long corners it gave me the feeling that I was not moving forward. So I was waiting for someone to beat me to it. And when I saw the checkered flag it was a feeling of total relief.

-Did you think you could exceed the track limits on the last lap and receive a penalty for stepping on the green?

-It is not easy to stay on the track in these conditions. I think I did the last lap much longer than I should have, but there is nothing you can control like that. If you are not able to control the bike, you have to decide whether to stop the bike or fall. And I think I made the right decision. I don't care that they gave me three seconds. If I had been second for the sanction it would be something else. But in this case I assume it.

-Is there a way to train this type of situation?

-If you plan something like that, the normal thing is that you hurt yourself. But you can't train, it's something that you push to the limit when it happens.

-Did you feel like a race in the wet?

-Today was not a wet race, it was survival. I wasn't trying to go fast, just to be on the bike. I made a big improvement in the wet this weekend, I understood how to ride with the Michelin in water. Today went well, but it was scary.

-Would you have made the same decision if you were the race leader at that time?

-The main thing for me was that I was having a difficult career and nothing was working for me. He was not able to pilot as he wanted. I gave my all, and when I saw the opportunity and closed the gap with the leading group, I decided to roll the dice to see what was in store for me. It was not a decision that I pondered, really.

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