Brad Binder

Brad Binder (born 11 August 1995) is a South African Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He was also known for winning the 2016 Moto3 World Championship. In November 2019 he was confirmed as a factory KTM rider in MotoGP class for the 2020 season,[1] replacing Johann Zarco who had abandoned his factory ride earlier in the year.

Brad Binder
Brad Binder Silverstone 2013.jpg
NationalitySouth African
Born (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 (age 25)
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Current teamRed Bull KTM Factory Racing
Bike number33
WebsiteBrad Binder 41
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2020
ManufacturersKTM
Championships0
2020 championship position11th (87 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
14 1 1 0 2 87
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20172019
ManufacturersKTM
Championships0
2019 championship position2nd (259 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
52 8 15 1 3 585
Moto3 World Championship
Active years20122016
ManufacturersKalex KTM, Suter Honda, Mahindra, KTM
Championships1 (2016)
2016 championship position1st (319 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
88 7 20 6 7 677
125cc World Championship
Active years2011
ManufacturersAprilia
Championships0
2011 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
5 0 0 0 0 0

Previously he had competed in the Moto2 class during 2019 with the Ajo KTM team,[1] finishing the championship in second place. Prior to moving up to Grand Prix level, Binder contested three seasons of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, with a best finish of fifth overall in the championship standings.

At the 2016 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix in Jerez, Binder became the first South African to win a motorcycle Grand Prix since Jon Ekerold won the 350 cc class at the 1981 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix. From 2017, Binder raced in the Moto2 class having agreed a deal with Ajo Motorsport.[2]

Binder's younger brother Darryn is also a motorcycle racer, and competed alongside Brad in Moto3 in 2015 and 2016.

Binder became the first South African to win a MotoGP championship race at the 2020 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix, also becoming the first rider to win with KTM in the premier class, as well as being the first rookie to win in MotoGP since Marc Márquez at the 2013 Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas.

CareerEdit

He began his motorsports career in go-karting [1] in 2003. In 2005 he switched to two wheels, immediately winning several titles in the 50cc, 125cc and 150cc categories. In 2008 he made his international debut, competing in the Aprilia Superteens Series, a British competition. In his first race he finished in second place, but in the second race he crashed. In 2009 he raced in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup finishing 14th, in 2010 he finished 5th, and in 2011 he finished 7th.

125cc/Moto3 World ChampionshipEdit

RW Racing GP (2011–2012)Edit

Binder started his Grand Prix career in the 125cc class riding an Aprilia for RW Racing GP in the 2011 season with his bike number as 14. Binder finished the season pointless, with his best position being a 17th place in Indianapolis. In 2012, he switche to the Kalex KTM with his bike number changed to 41. Binder's first Moto3 point came at the 2012 Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix. 2012 was a crash-filled season for Binder, with seven crashes. Binder scored four times in the season, with his best result of fourth place coming in Valencia. He finished the season at 21st place with 24 points.

Abrogio Racing (2013–2014)Edit

In 2013 Binder switched from Kalex KTM to Suter Honda and later to Mahindra with the team Ambrogio Racing. 2013 was a consistent year for Binder; he scored in 14 out of the 18 races, his best result being a fourth place at Spain; he finished the final standings at 13th place with 66 points. In 2014, he improved with 2 podiums to 11th place.

Red Bull KTM Ajo (2015–2016)Edit

In 2015 Binder again switched teams to the KTM factory-supported Ajo Motorsport. His first season on the new machine was largely positive with regular points finishes and 4 podiums leading to an overall 6th place finish. In the 2016 season, he built on this success with 7 wins and 14 podiums en route to his first world championship, with a 142 point margin over 2nd place.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

Red Bull KTM Ajo (2017–2019)Edit

In 2017, Binder moved up to the Moto2 class, continuing with Red Bull KTM Ajo. In his first season he achieved 3 podiums on the way to 8th place in the riders' standings. In 2018, Binder improved with 3 wins and consistent points finishes to achieve 3rd place in the championship. In 2019, after a difficult start to the season for KTM with the new Triumph engine, Binder took 5 wins and 9 podiums to finish in 2nd place as the best KTM rider, just 3 points off champion Álex Márquez.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2020–present)Edit

Binder joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for 2020.[1] Binder won his first MotoGP race at the third round of the season in Brno. This was also the first race win for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team in the premier class.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2011 125cc Aprilia RW Racing GP
Andalucía Banca Cívica
14 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Moto3 Kalex KTM RW Racing GP 41 17 0 0 0 0 24 21st
2013 Moto3 Suter Honda Ambrogio Racing 41 17 0 0 0 0 66 13th
Mahindra
2014 Moto3 Mahindra Ambrogio Racing 41 18 0 2 0 1 109 11th
2015 Moto3 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 41 18 0 4 0 3 159 6th
2016 Moto3 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 41 18 7 14 6 3 319 1st
2017 Moto2 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 41 15 0 3 0 2 125 8th
2018 Moto2 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 41 18 3 3 1 1 201 3rd
2019 Moto2 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 41 19 5 9 0 0 259 2nd
2020 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 14 1 1 0 2 87 11th
Total 159 16 36 7 12 1349

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2011 2011 Indianapolis 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moto3 2012–2016 2012 Qatar 2014 Japan 2016 Spain 88 7 20 6 7 677 1
Moto2 2017–2019 2017 Qatar 2017 Australia 2018 Germany 52 8 15 1 3 585 0
MotoGP 2020–present 2020 Spain 2020 Czech Republic 2020 Czech Republic 14 1 1 0 2 87 0
Total 2011–Present 159 16 36 7 12 1349 1

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2011 125cc Aprilia QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER CZE IND
17
RSM ARA JPN
20
AUS
21
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
NC 0
2012 Moto3 Kalex KTM QAT
Ret
SPA
Ret
POR
11
FRA
Ret
CAT
Ret
GBR
17
NED
20
GER
Ret
ITA
24
IND
Ret
CZE
20
RSM
16
ARA
16
JPN
Ret
MAL
12
AUS
14
VAL
4
21st 24
2013 Moto3 Suter Honda QAT
12
AME
9
SPA
4
FRA
8
ITA
14
CAT
12
NED
15
GER
9
IND
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
13th 66
Mahindra RSM
18
ARA
12
MAL
11
AUS
15
JPN
10
VAL
12
2014 Moto3 Mahindra QAT
15
AME
Ret
ARG
14
SPA
Ret
FRA
14
ITA
9
CAT
6
NED
9
GER
2
IND
9
CZE
6
GBR
15
RSM
6
ARA
8
JPN
3
AUS
15
MAL
Ret
VAL
9
11th 109
2015 Moto3 KTM QAT
10
AME
5
ARG
5
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
10
CAT
9
NED
7
GER
7
IND
8
CZE
3
GBR
Ret
RSM
5
ARA
Ret
JPN
17
AUS
3
MAL
2
VAL
4
6th 159
2016 Moto3 KTM QAT
2
ARG
3
AME
3
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
1
CAT
2
NED
12
GER
8
AUT
2
CZE
Ret
GBR
1
RSM
1
ARA
2
JPN
2
AUS
1
MAL
17
VAL
1
1st 319
2017 Moto2 KTM QAT
20
ARG
9
AME SPA FRA ITA
10
CAT
17
NED
13
GER
7
CZE
12
AUT
7
GBR
9
RSM
4
ARA
5
JPN
Ret
AUS
2
MAL
2
VAL
3
8th 125
2018 Moto2 KTM QAT
6
ARG
Ret
AME
6
SPA
6
FRA
9
ITA
6
CAT
6
NED
7
GER
1
CZE
6
AUT
6
GBR
C
RSM
8
ARA
1
THA
4
JPN
5
AUS
1
MAL
8
VAL
Ret
3rd 201
2019 Moto2 KTM QAT
12
ARG
6
AME
Ret
SPA
5
FRA
4
ITA
15
CAT
11
NED
2
GER
2
CZE
Ret
AUT
1
GBR
3
RSM
6
ARA
1
THA
2
JPN
12
AUS
1
MAL
1
VAL
1
2nd 259
2020 MotoGP KTM SPA
13
ANC
Ret
CZE
1
AUT
4
STY
8
RSM
12
EMI
Ret
CAT
11
FRA
12
ARA
11
TER
Ret
EUR
7
VAL
5
POR
Ret
11th 87

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c KTM 2020 shake-up: Binder to factory MotoGP team, Lecuona Tech3 crash.net, 24 October 2019, Retrieved 21 November 2019
  2. ^ "Red Bull KTM Ajo take on Moto2 in 2017". Dorna Sports. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ Duncan, Lewis (2020-08-09). "Czech Republic MotoGP: Binder stuns for KTM to take maiden win at Brno". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2020-08-17.

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