From an emotional standpoint, Brad Bender’s home win in the rain in Spielberg in 2021 probably can’t be matched, but from a sporting standpoint, second place in this year’s Grand Prix would probably be even higher. Because KTM made it to the top on its own and Brad Bender was finally able to prove it to the home fans. In the race, the South African proved once again why he is the favorite within the team, which is also confirmed by the extension of the contract until 2026. “I have planned a lot for this weekend, so I am satisfied,” said Binder, who knows the championship leader Francesco Bagnaia well. Just about two second places in the sprint and the sprint.” Ducati was inaccessible.
A visibly happy Pit Perrier also spoke of “the cap” and gleefully declared immediately after the checkered flag was waved: “I’m a very happy person now. It was an absolute dream to be the podium in the home race.” There were more praises for his disciple on the platform. “It was a great performance that Brad showed here.” This also sent the KTM orange tarmac into a frenzy, which is why South Africans took the opportunity to take a jaunt into the countryside to celebrate in front of the KTM attachment. “I love coming here,” said Bender, who was excited about the atmosphere all weekend. “It’s one of my favorite episodes ever, and the fans are amazing.”
For all the euphoria the Austrian manufacturer is not to be fooled, there is still a lot to do on the KTM, proving Binder’s dominance within the team. Because in Austria, with the exception of qualifying, Jack Miller struggled all weekend and wasn’t able to keep up with his teammate’s pace. said the Aussie of his debut as a factory KTM driver in Spielberg.
There is still room for improvement with second team GasGas, even if the return of Paul Espargaro gives hope. And then there will be the contract situation for 2024, with five drivers for four pole positions. So Beirer’s to-do list is long – with a relaxing first point: Enjoy your second place and celebrate!
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