MotoGP rookie Brad Binder said he 'cannot think of anything more scary as a rider' than the kind of high-speed brake failure experienced by Maverick Vinales in Sunday's Styrian Grand Prix,

The Monster Yamaha rider was forced to jump off at 230km/h when his overheating brakes 'exploded' into Turn 1, on lap 17 of the race, fortunately escaping unscathed.

"To make the decision to jump-off? Jeez: I don’t know how you can come to the point where you decide ‘I need to get off the thing’. It is super-super scary," said Binder, race winner at Brno.

"I was speaking to Fabio [Quartararo] just now and he was having the same issue with the brakes coming all the way back to the handlebar. They have turned the lever [adjustment] all the way up, but it has still faded to the bar.

"I hope they get it all sorted soon. I cannot think of anything more scary as a rider."

The South African said that he had not experienced any real braking issues with his KTM over the two Austrian weekends.

"Honestly I have been really lucky this weekend and the last. We have not had any issues with the brakes," he said.

"I've had a bit of a spongey feeling sometimes but it’s never anything I am going to worry about when I ride in the into the next corner and not have any brakes.

"We are lucky and I have no idea why they are cooking the brakes and we are not. All I know is that I’m glad it’s not me."

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who was two places behind Vinales when he bailed off, believes something needs to change - whether to the circuit or the braking systems - to make braking less critical at the Red Bull Ring.

"First of all, I’m happy to be leaving here. But the incidents we’ve seen over these last weeks we can’t just blame on the nature of the track, honestly speaking. These could happen at other racetracks around the world," Crutchlow said, referring to the big accidents for Hafizh Syahrin in Moto2 and Franco Morbidelli-Johann Zarco in MotoGP last weekend, prior to the Vinales' incident.

"But what is right, or wrong, is this track is not good for our bikes and the brakes.

"We saw today - that could have happened to anybody. Maybe Maverick braked really late at one point, it’s gone over the temperature.

"Then he’s had a brake problem after, because I saw him drop back. Then he came back in front of me and Alex [Marquez] and suddenly I just saw him jump off the bike in the straight, which obviously we know is a brake problem.

"We can’t keep having that happen. What we can do about it? I have no idea. But that is a real safety concern. I can tell you that. Having no brakes on these bikes…

"In defence to the circuit, the organisers, et cetera, they moved that [Turn 1] wall back a few years ago. They made some adjustments to that. Imagine if they didn’t? It could have been a lot, lot worse.

"So, we have to look at this. Obviously, I’m sure we’ll discuss it between us, the teams, and the riders and see what we can do."

Sunday's race winner Miguel Oliveira and fellow podium finishers Jack Miller and Pol Espargaro (all Red Bull backed) felt the red flag incidents were not due to a lack of track safety, but indicated improvements will be made for 2021.

"I think we had quite particular events happening leading to the red flags," Oliveira said. "I think there is not a big problem with the track. But we know a couple of things need to be maybe changed on the layout. It’s I think still an open discussion. I think we are going to see a safer Red Bull Ring for next season."

"Today’s red flag, I didn’t see any replays, but from what I gathered from what the team said and just speaking to Maverick before, it seemed like he had no brakes. This is unavoidable anyway. It happens in Motegi. It happens at these places where the brakes are on the limit," Miller said.

"In all honesty, we probably could have kept racing but the rules are now if we blow an airfence they red flag and fix it. I think it was a no-brainer this weekend, but like Miguel said I think we’ll keep working in the Safety Commission, coming up with plans to try and make this place safer for next year."

Espargaro added: "Both of them just said quite clearly. I think in the first race last weekend it was a human mistake that made this big mess. Then for sure the red flag today was a matter of a brake problem.

"For sure the track in some places it can be improved, that’s for sure. Dorna and the Safety Commission is working on it, but at the end [the red flags] were for two problems, one human and one mechanical, so nothing about the track actually."

Speaking before Sunday's race, Zarco also indicated that Red Bull would be willing to change the track.

"We have been speaking about the crash [with Morbidelli], but only to change the track," Zarco said after Saturday evening's meeting of the riders' Safety Commission.

"The Red Bull Ring can handle a lot of things. The Red Bull mindset is nothing can stop them; if we want to change something, they will do it."

 

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