Brad Binder: The Re-Signation

Before joining KTM’s main Ajo Motorsport squad in 2016, Brad Binder spent much of his time in a road racing career with KTM, which gave birth to the Red Bull Rookies Cup into Moto3 in 2012. Post that the South African went on to dominate the season and win the Moto3 crown before spending three seasons in Moto2 with the Ajo KTM squad – finishing runner-up in 2019. This paved a path of graduation to MotoGP last year with the factory KTM squad; here, Binder stunned everyone with his win since it was the Austrian marque’s first victory, that too just three rounds into the campaign at Brno.

Upon winning, of course, Brad was super happy to have (again) signed for three more seasons with KTM which would take them up to ten years. “It’s incredible to have been with this manufacturer for such a long time now and we’ve always had a good relationship,” said Brad. Along with the long contract signed up, he also added that it was ‘cool’ to have belief and support from a brand like KTM. “It’s an honour. From here on we can focus on building ourselves towards the front. We are not terribly far away, and it would be really nice to do something great together. It’s exciting to see what these next years will bring.” added Brad.
Of course, KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer also said that this was an easy contract for them to do since they not only believed but also loved Brad as a racer and what he brings to the team, the factory and the MotoGP class. “Sometimes you find a racer and a mentality that really fits with your own philosophy and the fact that Brad has come all the way to the top with us in a ten year period is a very special story,” said the boss to sign off.

In 2022, it couldn't have been better for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing since Brad and Miguel earned podium points for the team. While Brad gave his best to claim P2 in Qatar, his bike couldn't be during the Indonesian GP. Brad started P4 where the team had high hopes for a consecutive podium finish. However, Brad revealed that he raced 20 laps of the race with his bike's rear ride height device down. Which meant that the chances of finishing the race was at risk, let alone podium finish.

Hence, Binder found this finish “like a win” considering how this race turned out to be a challenge in itself. Brad says that the rain was a blessing in disguise since it would've been a disaster in dry.