South African rider Binder sets fastest lap at Phillip Island
South African rider, Brad Binder, took the top spot during the hour-long session on Friday afternoon at the scenic Phillip Island track. He set a quick lap time of 1m27.993s, just over two tenths off last year’s pole record set by Jorge Martin. Binder’s time was enough to beat his KTM stablemate, Jack Miller, by 0.148 seconds.
Intense battle for the top spot
In the closing 15 minutes of the session, the leading position changed hands several times. This made for an exciting and unpredictable end to the practice session. However, Binder ultimately emerged as the fastest rider of the day.
Binder’s impressive performance bodes well for the upcoming Australian GP. With such a strong showing in practice, he will surely be a rider to watch during the qualifying rounds and the race itself.