Red Bull KTM Tech 3 confirmed today that Brad Binder will move up to the MotoGP team in 2020.
He will replace Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin.
There is currently no word on Hafizh’s future ride.
Red Bull KTM Tech 3 confirmed today that South African rider Brad Binder will join the MotoGP team in 2020, while Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin is out.
Binder was the 2016 Moto3 champion on a Red Bull KTM and promoted to the Moto2 class for this season. Although the Moto2 team is suffering, Binder has distinguished himself by finishing on the podium twice in a row. He put in an especially extraordinary run in the last German Grand Prix at Sachsenring by charging to a second-placed finish from 19th on the grid.
He will be the first South African to compete in the premier class, partnering his old Moto2 teammate Miguel Oliveira.
This month has been speculated for months, following Hafizh Syahrin’s unfortunate form. He has struggled to gel with the KTM RC16 throughout the season hence finishing at the bottom of the field consistently. Although we are saddened by this news, we understand that racing is a business.
There are rumours that Hafizh will step back into Moto2. However, there is no word in which team. He may step onto Binder’s Red Bull KTM Moto2 or the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team, which is now without a full-time rider following Khairul Idham Pawi’s injuries.