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 yr’s Czech Grand Prix.
He scored one other win in 2021 after a heroic gamble to remain on slicks on a moist monitor on the finish of the flag-to-flag Austrian GP, however that was the one spotlight of a largely tough yr on an inconsistent KTM package deal.
Regardless of solely qualifying 5 occasions inside the highest 10, Binder’s race craft meant he salvaged 11 prime 10 outcomes to finish the yr sixth within the standings.
“This season has been an enormous problem,” Binder started.
“We’ve had some ups and downs this season, however generally it’s been rather a lot harder than what we thought we’d have.
“The way in which we completed final season, we anticipated to return into this yr feeling much more ready and much more prepared.
“However the actuality was we had been only a tiny bit slower than we would have liked to be.
“That actually made life much more tough going ahead. I believe we’ve accomplished one of the best job we might have and we’re able to make enhancements.”
When requested if felt this yr was principally an extension of his rookie season, he added: “In a manner, I believe so as a result of not simply new tracks.
“However when you take a look at it, I solely actually had six months on the MotoGP bike final yr and it’s not sufficient actually.
“I felt in the beginning of this season I wasn’t driving in addition to I needed to and was nonetheless making a variety of errors, whereas the second half of the yr – though it’s been slightly bit tougher – I really feel my driving has been a lot better and I’ve at all times been bringing residence the utmost doable on the day.
“So, I’m proud of the steps we’ve made.
“We had such large expectations for ourselves earlier than arrived to Qatar, and as issues fell wanting our expectations it was tough to actually perceive why and what’s happening.
“However I believe we did job within the second half of this yr find out the place we have to enhance, what our weak and what our robust factors are.”