Brno race winner, Brad Binder, will be continuing with the Austrian manufacturer KTM until 2024 – making their alliance a decade long affair. Binder has been with KTM for every notable moment of his motorcycling career. From progressing through KTM‘s GP Academy structure, then onto the RedBull Rookies Cup and then Moto3, where he became World Champion for the first time.
He then continued into Moto2 with KTM and delivered important, race-winning results in arenas such as the Red Bull Ring – the manufacturer’s home race. In 2020 he was elevated into the premier class, and in just his third MotoGP race, he took KTM’s maiden race victory in the premier class. This result also helped Binder to claim the Rookie of the Year title.
Despite KTM’s 2021 season not yet matching the promise of 2020, there have been glimmers of hope, with Binder taking a 5th place finish in the Portuguese GP. The bike is constantly improving, and most recently in Mugello equalled the highest top speed ever recorded by a MotoGP bike; 362.4 kmph.
These glimmers of hope can’t have come at a better time for KTM, as it has ensured that they will keep Brad Binder on, with the man himself eager to be involved in developing the bike to become a truly well rounded competitive machine:
I’m super, super happy to have signed again for three more seasons with KTM and it will take us 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. I’m extremely happy in KTM colours so it’s extra satisfying to have a long contract signed-up. It’s cool to have that belief and support from a company. 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.Brad Binder, KTM Press Release
With Binder’s clear talent and natural affinity for motorcycle racing, it is no wonder that KTM were eager to keep the young star in the fold, and understandably with the contract now in place, the higher-ups in the company are eager to have their happiness known:
This was a very easy contract for us to do because we love Brad as a racer and what he brings to the team, the factory, and the MotoGP class. He was also very enthusiastic to make a big commitment to us and that says a lot for our progression and our potential in this championship. 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. We’re really proud to continue racing with him and to keep setting new targets together.Pit Beirer, KTM Press Release
As Team Manager I’m happy that Brad has placed his trust in us for another three years. He’s a very strong rider with a strong crew and a strong factory behind him. We will push together to achieve our mutual dreams and targets. It’s great we have this partnership up to ‘24Mike Leitner, KTM Press Release
In my own opinion, I do believe that KTM has found an exceptional talent in Brad Binder, and I think they could be the most surprising package over the next few years. Of course, they are still the youngest manufacturer on the MotoGP grid, and their stumbles in progress are only to be expected. Nonetheless, retaining such star talent as Binder is, makes me very excited to see what the future may hold should that promise be delivered upon.
This article was written by the fantastic Rebekah Lee, our resident Motorsport nut and MA Creative writing graduate. She’s been fascinated by all things motorsports since childhood – follow her on Twitter at @bekahjlee
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