2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder will ride the KTM RC16 in MotoGP next year after three seasons, in the Moto2 category.
Binder stays within the Red Bull Racing structure that has served him so well to date. He has earned 3 victories and 8 podiums – to-date – in the Moto2 category, having made the switch up from Moto3 after his 2016 World title win.
“Right now I’m super happy and definitely really excited to have signed my first MotoGP contract, it’s a dream come true,” Binder said at the contract signing.
The 23-year old has been on a long journey with Red Bull Racing, having made his Grand Prix debut in 2011 as a Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race winner.
Binder claimed the 2016 world title in just his second term with Red Bull KTM Ajo to become South Africa’s first world champion in thirty-six years and just the third Saffa to claim a world title. He graduated immediately to Moto2 with the same team.
The South African rider is confident that he and his team will enjoy a string finish to the season that will allow him to sign off from Moto2 in style.
“Things are really good at the moment. This year actually started off really tough – things didn’t go according to plan. But we’ve been working really hard and we’ve made a good step forward since the beginning of the year. We have some great momentum going into the rest of the season.
“This is my third season in Moto2 and I’ve gotten some good results so I’m ready to make the step up over to the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 Team for next season. For sure, it’s going be really difficult at the beginning especially, but it’s going to be incredible lining up on the grid with Valentino Rossi and a lot of my heroes. It’s an incredible feeling and I can’t wait for it to all start.”
A South African has never won the MotoGP championship although Gary Hocking won the 500cc World Championship in 1961 racing under the flag of Rhodesia and Nyasaland before independence saw the country split into Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.