South African rider Brad Binder says he plans to do well in Holland on his KTM machine this weekend, before MotoGP takes a break for a month.
Binder has jumped to fifth in the overall standings, despite being just 17th in terms of qualifying performance.
No other MotoGP rider has such an extreme (+12 places) jump between their qualifying and race results this season, according to crash.net.
Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, for example, has a five-place swing in the other direction, leading the “best qualifier” award — which assigns points for qualifying in the same way as race results (25 for pole, 20 for second etc) — and sixth in the world championship.
Meanwhile, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro is currently second in both tables and just one point behind Bagnaia for qualifying, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo top of the world championship and tied with Espargaro for Saturday’s time attack form, says crash.net.
Even Suzuki, renowned for its qualifying struggles in recent seasons, is “only” +6 places (qualifying to race points) for Alex Rins and ninth in both rankings for Joan Mir. All this suggests that Binder needs a better qualifying set-up.