Binder becomes the first rookie after Marc Marquez to win the premier class at MotoGP
Brno: South African Brad Binder & Red Bull KTM Factory Racing registered a sensational first-ever MotoGP Premier Class win yesterday at the Monster Energy Czech Republic Grand Prix. The South-African with this win also became the first rider after defending Champion Marc Marquez to have won a Premier Class in his rookie season. In a highly unpredictable race at the Czech Grand Prix at Brno saw Brad Binder register many firsts under his kitty that also included his first-ever Moto GP win, that too in his rookie season, but most prominently Binder with this win also becomes the first South African to ever win a Moto GP premier Class race.
Binder won by over five seconds to lead Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) over the line followed by polesitter Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) who found himself at the podium even after taking a long lap penalty for an incident with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). The most interesting part of yesterday’s race was that both the winners and the 1st runner-up won their first ever premier class podiums.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet I tell you that,” said an ecstatic Binder post his race while speaking to motogp.com. “Today was the most incredible day of my life so far. It’s that day I’ve dreamt of as a child and gosh, for it to come true in my third Grand Prix is scary. I can’t believe it. Since the day I started in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, it’s been a consistent grind to get here. And you know, I came through all the classes with Red Bull KTM and here we are on top and we finally won in MotoGP™.” He added.
In form Fabio Quartararo who finished at the seventh place couldn’t really keep his winning momentum alive after leading the race only till the first corner. As the lights went out at Brno Johann Zarco couldn’t get his machine hooked up off the line as the Frenchman slipped backwards, with the two Petronas Yamaha SRT riders getting good launches. Fabio Quartararo led into the first corner but was slightly wide, allowing Morbidelli to slip through and take the lead. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also got away well from P4 to grab P3, which was soon P2 at Turn 4 as the Spaniard carved past the Championship leader, with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bikes of Pol Espargaro and Binder making a great start to sit 4th and 5th, with Zarco down to P6.
Binder was then a man on a mission. The South African cut through teammate Espargaro and then got by the latter’s brother on the Aprilia with ease, and soon he was right on the tailpipes of Quartararo. The Frenchman was a second off Morbidelli as that gap stayed pretty consistent in the opening few laps, hovering between 1 and 1.3 seconds. Pol Espargaro was getting impatient behind Zarco after losing out to the poleman, but after a failed attempt the lap before, the number 44 was through at Turn 3 on Lap 6 and immediately set sights on his teammate and Quartararo, and the battle for second soon became a double factory KTM vs Quartararo fight.
Binder dominated the race all throughout but his team mate Espargaro had a huge fiasco after he collided with Zarco whose front wheel came in contact with the Spaniards body and Espargaro was out of the race also leading to a long lap penalty. However Zarco showcased his class till the end finish third with Suzuki’s Rins was on his tail till the last moment.
The 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship will next move to Austria for the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich (Austrian GP) at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg on August 16, 2020, LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport HD.
1. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
2. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 5.266
3. Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) + 6.470
4. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 6.609
5. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 7.517
6. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) + 7.969
7. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 11.827
8. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) + 12.862
9. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) + 15.013
10. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 15.087