Brad Binder made motorsport history last year when he became the first South African to be crowned World Champion since Jon Ekerold took the title in 1980.
In Binder’s case, it was Moto3 racing for Red Bull KTM Ajo, competing on the international circuit from his base in Spain. Binder cut his teeth on the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, before earning a spot on the Moto3 circuit in 2012. But 2016 proved to be a standout season for Binder, who took the finish on several occasions, including his maiden Moto3 win at Gran Premio Red Bull de España.
He may be globally recognised for his ability to ride on two wheels, but he hasn’t forgotten his South African roots and says he “always makes time for a braai”. The newly crowned Moto3 World Champion suffered a huge setback at the end of 2016 when he broke his left arm during Moto2 testing.
This year will be his first season in this new class, with bigger bikes (600cc) bringing on bigger rewards as he fights his way up the Moto2 rankings.
If this 22-year-old’s track record is anything to go by, it won’t be long before he steps onto the MotoGP circuit and shows the world what a talented Potch boy is capable of.
|Consistency is key.|