MotoGP Assen: Brad Binder: “Hats off to Aleix, he kind of bombed us both!” | MotoGP
The South African was lining up his own pass to future KTM teammate Miller for fourth place, when Espargaro suddenly ‘dive-bombed’ them both on the brakes.
“I felt like I did 25 qualifying laps,” Binder said afterwards. “It was a good race, I was losing a lot of time in some places and catching up pretty well in others.
“The guys did a good job, the best bike I had all weekend was the race one and I thought I had fourth in the bag, but clearly not…”
Binder: “As soon as I picked it up, I went straight to Jack”
As Espargaro moved past, Binder was forced to adjust his line, which resulted in him hitting Miller’s elbow.
“I went to pass Jack, because I saw he was maybe having some tire trouble or something,” Binder explained. “It looked like he was really struggling with the accelerator.
“So I caught it and just went over and passed it, and as soon as I pushed it in, I was about to hit the top, and I just saw that bike.
“I tucked my leg in and tried to stay as close to him as possible, but obviously as soon as I picked it up I went straight into Jack. So I was in the middle of a sandwich there- low. Not the one I wanted to be in.
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Jack Miller: “I didn’t expect it, it’s my fault”
While Espargaro held back both Binder and Miller, reached the apex without a problem and grabbed fourth, Miller ran wide after Binder’s contact and fell to sixth, behind the South -African.
Miller was unimpressed with the contact immediately after the run, but took a different view after seeing it from other angles and blamed himself for not covering the line.
“I lost all my speed on the first straight [when trying to pass Vinales the previous lap] and that put me in range of those other two to attack me on the last lap,” said the Ducati factory rider.
“[I was surprised by] Alex and Brad, to be honest. I cut a handlebar at the elbow and really had nowhere to go.
“I didn’t expect that, no. So it was my fault. Like I said, I take full responsibility, but that’s the way it is.
“I’m really happy with the race until the last lap. I could have done things better, but that’s racing. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Brad Binder: “Hats off, dude!”
Asked by Motomatters.com’s David Emmett if Espargaro’s double pass had been clean or desperate, Binder joked:
“To be honest mate, f**king hats off to the dude!
“I was coming in hot, obviously, to try and pass Jack.
“Somehow he bombed us both!”