Brad Binder admits he expected better than one podium from his first nine races as a factory Red Bull KTM Moto3 rider.

The South African reached the midway point of his fourth GP season holding sixth place in the world championship, as the third best KTM behind team-mate Miguel Oliveira and VR46's Romano Fenati.

"The truth is that the first nine grands prix did not go as well as we were hoping," Binder said. "The year didn't start badly, but later on we suffered a bit with my riding style, which did not suit the bike.

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"In the last three races I have learned more than I ever have in my career. Basically, I worked on improving my riding, taking into account the characteristics of the bike. It was about getting me and the bike on the same page. Every race I am getting stronger."

Pressed further on the changes, Binder added: "In recent races we decided to put the development of the bike on the backburner and focus on my riding. But we still need to work on the bike and find something that works a little better with my riding style.

"We need to improve the feeling in general, especially under braking, and improve corner entry. Braking is one of my strengths and I can't stop the bike well, and that complicates things for me."

Binder secured the KTM ride on the back of two grand prix podiums for Mahindra last year. He is determined to at least match that rostrum tally in 2015.

"Without a doubt [Jerez was the best moment of the season so far]. I managed third place and my first podium of the year... but it will not be the last and the best result of the year, for sure! I'm really enjoying it, and the results will come."