Brad Binder has gone on to make history in MotoGP by becoming the first South African to win, a proudly South African moment that sent cheers across the country.
South Africa (11 August 2020) – History has been made by 24-year-old South African Brad Binder after the rookie took the race on Sunday’s MotoGP.
The rising star has worked his way through the ranks of Moto3, Moto2, and now proving his best in the MotoGP. Binder is the first South African to race MotoGP in the four-stroke era and the first to compete in the premier class since 2000.
Here are six things you should know about the rookie South African making headlines:
- Brad was born on the 11th of August 1995.
- His home town is Potchefstroom in South Africa.
- He started out racing karts and was national champion of South Africa aged just eight before he took up two-wheeled racing at the grand old age of 10.
- He was inscribed to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2009 and rode in the World Championship’s feeder series for three seasons. His Rookies Cup displays earned him a ride in the 125cc World Champion for a few rounds in 2011.
- He’s ridden alongside his younger brother Darryn in the Moto3 class.
- The Rookie Red Bull Athlete ended Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s wait for their first MotoGP win on Sunday when he stormed to victory at the thrilling Czech GP.
Here is all you need to know:
The 24-year-old Red Bull athlete from South Africa started strongly off the line at the Automotodrom Brno, then picked his moments superbly throughout the race to overtake Petronas Yamaha SRT pair Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli and holding on for his first elite victory.
Binder revealed: “This is a day I have dreamed about since I was a little boy. Today, it came true. I really wish my parents were here because they were the ones that backed me from the beginning. I can’t thank my team enough. They put an absolutely insane motorbike underneath me this weekend. Thank you to everyone at home for always supporting me. I hope that this is the start of many more.”
The 2016 Moto3 champion also becomes the first South African rider to triumph in motorbike’s premier class as teammate, Pol Espargaró was unlucky to crash out in an incident with Johann Zarco, as the Frenchman grabbed a brilliant third despite the resulting long-lap penalty.