Why Brad Binder was destined to lead KTM in MotoGP

Brad Binder’s debut MotoGP season featured extreme highs and a few rookie errors. The South African gives no excuses for his errors, but it is precisely this trait that explains why KTM believes he is the right man to lead its post-Pol Espargaro era.

Of the many surprising things that happened in 2020, few would have had money on KTM’s Brad Binder storming to victory on just his third MotoGP start at the Czech Grand Prix. Readers of Motorsport.com’s sister site Autosport ultimately favoured Pierre Gasly’s sensational Monza Formula 1 win as their moment of the year, but nothing for me tops that day at Brno.

While it came as a shock, the fact it happened in what were largely normal circumstances, with the weather perfect and the grid only missing the injured Marc Marquez, went a long way to proving just how good a rider the 2016 Moto3 world champion is.

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