Brad Binder wins craziest MotoGP race yet

By sep, 16 August 2021

Brad Binder delivers a sensational win for KTM's MotoGP home race in Austria - slicks in the rain!

Yesterday's MotoGP race in Austria was arguably the craziest race we've seen in the modern era where Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) took home the win for KTM at its home ground. The Red Bull Ring and its unpredictable weather sure threw a curveball for the premier class riders, which resulted in a race that a lot of people will talk about for years to come.

The race started as most races would - a dry race with some dark clouds looming around. Polesitter, Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) took the holeshot once again, followed by Ducati's factory rider, Francesco Bagnaia, and the current championship leader, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

Other high-profile riders were not far behind as the race progresses where they swapped a positions a few times here and there, before rain made its appearance in the final laps of the race. The front runners suddenly decided that they needed to change the bikes with three laps remaining, but not Brad Binder who was currently sixth at the time.

While the top five riders peeled into the pit lane, Brad Binder stormed through the rain on his KTM RC16 and basically rode a wet race on full racing slicks and carbon brakes - two components that don't work too great in cold conditions. According to the South African, it was like riding on ice with no grip and no brake as temperatures dropped to non-working conditions.

Binder managed to control his bike to the chequered flag in first place, followed by Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin in second and third respectively. Quite a recovery considering that they were out of the point positions going into the final two laps of the race. It was a risky gamble for Binder, but it sure paid off for him as well as KTM in front of their home crowd. WHAT.A.RACE.