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Miller ploughs through Argentina MotoGP™ rain to reach the top six

Press release issued by: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Press Office – April 2, 2023

  • Jack Miller earns decent 6th position in a wet Grand Prix and sits 6th in the world championship
  • Brad Binder rides to 17th after a first lap fall but retains 12 points after his – and KTM’s first Sprint success
  • Daniel Holgado retains Moto3™ world championship lead with steady rain ride to 4th
  • After two intense weekends to launch the 2023 campaign, MotoGP now rests for a week before looking to the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in the USA

Termas de Rio Hondo dawned wet and dark for the second Grand Prix of the year and after giving MotoGP teams and riders their first taste of mixed conditions through Saturday’s busy event agenda of qualifying and the Tissot Sprint. Brad Binder’s aggressive and brilliant win on Saturday afternoon was typically battling while also full of promise at the same time.

On Sunday the 25-lap full distance Grand Prix gave the South African and Jack Miller (setting off from 15th and 16th on the grid respectively) another chance to chase points and further definition of the race bike package for the long season ahead. Miller rode well to rise from the sixth row of the grid and slid into the contest for the top five. He then fought closely with Fabio Quartararo and succeeded in keeping the former world champion at bay to make sure of 6th. Binder was not able to replicate his first lap prowess from Saturday and his tumble on the first lap after contact with another rider meant a long ride to 17th.

Miller has 25 points and is 6th in the standings, just 10 away from the top three. Binder is close behind in 8th. The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas gathers the paddock together for round three on April 14-16.

Jack Miller, 6th: “We wanted a bit more from this wet race but I tried my best from the beginning. It was really tricky in the first few laps to find a position and make a few overtakes on the other guys. Just before mid-race I had some clear track and was catching the guys but had a few issues and couldn’t push any more. I played around with the maps and got comfortable to the point where I could make some moves again. A learning day for us. All-in-all a good weekend and we found out a lot more about our package and our potential. We’ll have another go in Austin.”

Brad Binder, 17th“I was quite excited to have a wet race; it’s been quite a while since we had one. I felt pretty good. Unfortunately at the end of the back straight I had a bit of a connection with someone and the back-end spun around on me. I picked up and restarted and then just tried to ride. If there had been a red flag or some other incident then I would have had another chance. Anyway, we finished the race: it was really tough and super-long! Overall, it was a good weekend with the win yesterday, I’m looking forward to starting again in America.”

Francesco Guidotti, Red Bull KTM Team Manager“We knew starting from where we were on the grid that the race would be tricky in these conditions: visibility is poor and you cannot attack into the first corner and around the first laps like Brad showed us yesterday. Jack did a great job from 16th. A shame for Brad and the crash; it ended his race so early. Overall, the weekend was good but we started the GP quite far from the best setting. From that point though we worked well and did a positive job.”

Gran Premio Michelin de la Republica Argentina photographs can be found HERE

Results MotoGPGran Premio Michelin de la Republica Argentina

1. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) Ducati 44:28.518

2. Johann Zarco (FRA) Ducati +4.085

3. Alex Marquez (ESP) Ducati +4.681

6. Jack Miller (AUS) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +10.562

17. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +48.106

World championship standings MotoGP

1. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) Ducati, 50 points

2. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA) Ducati, 41

3. Johann Zarco (FRA) Ducati, 35

6. Jack Miller (AUS) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 25

8. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 22

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