Brad Pender (KTM/8): ‘Needs improvement soon’ / Speedway

Brad Bender bumped into Johann Zarco in the early stages, and his bike lost the left wing. He still runs eighth.

After seven MotoGP races this year, three riders are vying for seventh place in the world championship with equal points: Pico Bagnaia, Brad Bender and Joan Mir. But the Red Bull KTM factory pilot will have to line up behind the Ducati star for eighth in the world championship as he has yet to win this season’s win for second place in Doha in March.

“It’s been a very difficult weekend for us here at Le Mans,” the 26-year-old South African sighed. “Friday FP1 got off to a rough start with a crash; then I made a good step forward in FP2 on Friday with 7th place. But after that training we really struggled. It was more stressful than I could have imagined, that’s for sure.”

The Red Bull KTM rider and 2016 Moto3 World Champion confirmed “Today I struggled really hard in the race, I did my best. I lost my left wing on lap 2 when I hit Zarco. I had to fight like hell to stay in the top 10. That is why Today’s race was very difficult for me physically. It was really difficult for me to avoid mistakes because you have to be very focused if you want to be as fast with one wing as you are with two.”

By the way: 110,000 spectators watched the races on site today; 225 thousand fans appeared in three days!

“Yes, I have to thank my team because they worked so tirelessly, they worked so hard, which allowed us to get the best result possible,” said Brad, who won the 2020 Brno and the 2021 Spielberg in the KTM RC16.

But eighth in the World Championships requires KTM improvements and technical updates. “We need to take a step forward soon if we want to get to where we need to be.”

MotoGP result, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 minutes
2. Miller, Ducati, +2.718 seconds
3. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quarteraro, Yamaha +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda +15.155
7. Nakagami, Honda +16,680
8. Brad Bender, KTM, +18.459.600
9. Marini, Ducati +20.541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +22.707
12. Besecki, Ducati +23.408
13. Di Giannantonio, Ducati +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda +28.710
15. Morbidley, Yamaha +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darren Bender, Yamaha +59,748
– Oliveira, KTM, 3 laps down
– Bagnaya, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
– Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps back
– Fernandez, KTM, 21 laps back
– Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps back
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps down

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Viñales 33 14 Nakagami 30 15 Martin 28 16 Marini 21 17 Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darren Bender 6. 22. Di Gianntonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Creators Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team World Cup:

1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 40 11 WithU Yamaha RNF 14 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 3

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