All of MotoGP’s 2020 rookies had their first seasons within the premier class fully upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, which pressured the marketing campaign to begin in July and absorb simply 9 tracks throughout 14 races.
Binder proved one of many breakout stars of 2020, scoring a sensational maiden win for himself and KTM in simply his third begin in final 12 months’s Czech Grand Prix.
He scored one other win in 2021 after a heroic gamble to remain on slicks on a moist observe on the finish of the flag-to-flag Austrian GP, however that was the one spotlight of a largely tough 12 months on an inconsistent KTM package deal.
Regardless of solely qualifying 5 occasions inside the highest 10, Binder’s race craft meant he salvaged 11 high 10 outcomes to finish the 12 months sixth within the standings.
“This season has been an enormous problem,” Binder started.
“We’ve had some ups and downs this season, however normally it’s been so much harder than what we thought we’d have.
“The best way we completed final season, we anticipated to return into this 12 months feeling much more ready and much more prepared.
“However the actuality was we have been only a tiny bit slower than we would have liked to be.
“That actually made life much more tough going ahead. I feel we’ve executed the perfect job we may have and we’re able to make enhancements.”
When requested if felt this 12 months was mainly an extension of his rookie season, he added: “In a method, I feel so as a result of not simply new tracks.
“However in case you take a look at it, I solely actually had six months on the MotoGP bike final 12 months and it’s not sufficient actually.
“I felt at first of this season I wasn’t driving in addition to I needed to and was nonetheless making a number of errors, whereas the second half of the 12 months – regardless that it’s been somewhat bit harder – I really feel my driving has been significantly better and I’ve at all times been bringing dwelling the utmost potential on the day.
“So, I’m pleased with the steps we’ve made.
“We had such huge expectations for ourselves earlier than arrived to Qatar, and as issues fell in need of our expectations it was tough to essentially perceive why and what’s happening.
“However I feel we did job within the second half of this 12 months to find out the place we have to enhance, what our weak and what our sturdy factors are.”