south african brad binder to race in motogp

07:31    11 Jul 2019

Brad Binder
South African motorcycle rider Brad Binder will be moving into the premier class of world championship racing, MotoGP, from the 2020 season.

The 23-year-old currently races for Red Bull KTM in Moto2 and will be promoted to the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 team in the top division from next year.

Binder won the Moto3 world championship with KTM in 2016, having first made his grand prix debut back in 2011.

Binder will become the first South African to take to the grid in the four-stroke era and to score significant points since Kork Ballington, Jon Ekerold and Brett Hudson in the early 1980s.

This feat sees Binder join Miguel Oliveira, Johann Zarco and Joan Mir in completing the path from Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP.

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"Looking forward, it's an incredible feeling, a crazy feeling to think that I'll be racing in MotoGP next year," said Binder.

"I just have to say a huge thank you to KTM for putting their trust in me and taking me through to the premier class and yeah, I'm really excited to get started next year and see how things go next year.

"Next year I think my main goal will be to learn as quickly as possible and learn from the much more experienced guys on the KTMs.

“I obviously want to go there and do well straight away but in MotoGP, everything is extremely hard and super tight so you know, I'm sure it'll take time to find my feet in MotoGP but I'm confident we can do a good job there."

Binder is currently eighth in the Moto2 riders’ championship standings and has claimed back-to-back second-place finishes in the last two rounds in the Netherlands and Germany.

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