GP of Rep. Czech – Binder (1st): "The start of something big"
Brad Binder will long remember his first MotoGP victory at the 2020 Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno, which made him the first South African winner in the premier class in addition to being the one to open the KTM RC16 counter. ! Not bad for a "rookie" of just 25 years old! Debriefing.
Brad Binder, KTM Factory (7th in qualifying and 1st in race): "It’s the most incredible day of my life! I dreamed of it since I was a little child and it became a reality for my third Grand Prix. I still can’t believe it … I worked so hard since the Red Bull Rookies Cup, I raced for KTM in all three categories and now we are the winners of a MotoGP race! "
“I never thought it could take such a short time. It’s amazing to see that we are here now, with this level on the bike. The team worked superbly and the bike performed well. from start to finish, especially on the rear tire which gave me incredible grip until the end ".
"My only regret is that my parents weren’t there, because they were there for all of my first victories. But it’s a special period… Now I’m going to have to integrate this victory and it will take time because it is completely unexpected! Hope this is the start of something big ".
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MNC analysis : Only three rookies have won so far in their first season in 4-stroke MotoGP – since 2002, so: Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. Brad Binder below joins this elite on the eve of his 25th birthday, which he will celebrate the day after tomorrow on August 11 !
More impressive: the performances of Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Marquez were achieved at the time with excellent motorcycles (Honda for n ° 26 and 93, Yamaha for n ° 99), while n ° 33 won the timpani on a KTM! Admittedly, the Austrian MotoGP crossed a milestone during the offseason, but all the same: the RC16 is still far from being able to claim the label of scarecrow of the category, unlike the accomplished RC213V and YZR-M1 !
Recall that the KTM project officially started in 2017 with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, at the time supported by Randy de Puniet in development. Respectively 17th and 24th overall, the Spanish and the British will progress the following year (14th and 18th) before Johann Zarco is hired to raise the level in 2019…
Despite the high expectations placed on his two previous seasons with Yamaha, it was a disaster: the Cannes driver never felt comfortable on the RC16 and quickly entered into a latent conflict with his Austrian employer, who was also upset by the ‘absence of "media filters" from French.
While Pol Espargaro obtains the best dry result of a KTM with his fine 6th place at Le Mans, Johann no longer conceals his helplessness: the exasperated No.5 will even vehemently criticize KTM’s technical choices, definitively sealing a divorce became inevitable…
From Zarco Chemar to the Binder Surprise !
This separation will be recorded, not without a certain irony, at the Austrian GP in front of the fans and sponsors of the Austrian manufacturer: Johann, breathless, presents and obtains his resignation while Pol Espargaro ends the season alongside the driver of Mika Kallio essays.
Stung, the Orange brand is working hard during the winter of 2019, with the discreet but precious reinforcement of Dani Pedrosa. Progress is obvious while the new RC16 seems to fit like a glove to one of the nuggets of the brand: Brad Binder, also titled in Moto3 on a Katoche !
Binder, who escaped the Moto2 title last year for 3 small points despite a very late motorcycle, confirms all the potential identified in this combative rider, and also formidable finisher. MNC still remembers his spectacular last parts of Moto3 races! Ironically, this long-awaited KTM triumph comes on the very day that !
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The next MotoGP race, the Austrian Grand Prix, is scheduled for August 14-16 at the traditionally Ducati-friendly Red Bull Ring circuit. This fourth MotoGP event will be followed the following week by the unprecedented Styrian GP on the same track: stay tuned !
Czech Republic GP MotoGP 2020 results
- Brad BINDER KTM 41’38.764
- Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +5.266
- Johann ZARCO Ducati +6.470
- Alex RINS Suzuki +6,609
- Valentino Rossi Yamaha +7.517
- Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +7.969
- Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +11.827
- Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +12.862
- Jack MILLER Ducati +15,013
- Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +15,087
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +16.455
- Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +18.506
- Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +18.736
- Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +19.720
- Alex MARQUEZ Honda +24 597
- Tito RABAT Ducati +29.004
- Bradley SMITH Aprilia +32.290
- Stefan BRADL Honda +55,977
- Pol ESPARGARO KTM 12 laps
- Joan MIR Suzuki 18 laps
- Iker LECUONA KTM 18 lap
Provisional MotoGP classification 2020
- Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 59
- Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 42
- Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 31
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 31
- Brad BINDER KTM 28
- Johann ZARCO Ducati 28
- Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27
- Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 27
- Jack MILLER Ducati 20
- Alex RINS Suzuki 19
- Pol ESPARGARO KTM 19
- Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 18
- Alex MARQUEZ Honda 13
- Joan MIR Suzuki 11
- Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 11
- Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 9
- Tito RABAT Ducati 7
- Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 6
- Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 6
- Bradley SMITH Aprilia 5
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