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Brad Binder makes move up to MotoGP

10 Jul 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

Cape Town - Red Bull KTM Moto2 star Brad Binder will make the step up to MotoGP for the 2020 season with Red Bull KTM Tech 3.

The South African made his Grand Prix debut in 2011, completing five races in the 125cc class while competing in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup before a full-time Moto3 ride was his in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015, Binder achieved six podiums before a stellar 2016 Moto3 campaign with Red Bull KTM Ajo followed.

The No 41 rider won seven races and finished off the podium just four times on his way to claiming the 2016 Moto3 World Championship.

Binder should become the first South African to enter the leaderboard in the premier class since the year 2000.

In MotoGP, Binder will be 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.

A move to Red Bull KTM Ajo would see both himself and the team take part in their rookie intermediate class campaign, with Binder finishing the year with three back-to-back podiums in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia.

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

"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."

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