South African motorcycling star Brad Binder is stepping up to the MotoGP premier class next year, his team confirmed on Wednesday.
As expected, Binder, who won the Moto3 World Championship in 2016 before joining the Moto2 class, will remain with the Red Bull KTM Tech3 outfit, where he will ride a KTM RC16 alongside former team-mate Miguel Oliveira.
“To be able to sign Brad Binder for our MotoGP project is an exciting moment because he has been with us for five years already and is one of our world champions,” said KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer.
“We also like the fact that Brad has this distinctive riding style that allows him to push a bike and project to the maximum. We feel that he ‘fits’ to us, and we cannot wait to see how he handles and attacks a MotoGP bike.”
Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team Manager Hervé Poncharal added: “Brad is somebody I have been following since he joined the championship in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and later in the Moto3. I have always been amazed by his talent, his aggressivity and his never-give-up-attitude and when you run a motorcycle race team, this is the profile of rider you wish and you love to have."