A bit of history was made last Sunday when the lights went out at Jerez at the start of the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. For the first time since Shane Norval in 2000, a South African rider took part in a premier class race. And this particular South African is a bit special.
Brad Binder has been one of KTM's golden geese since he joined the Austrian manufacturer's ranks in Moto3 in 2015. That came after a stint on the unfancied Mahindra where he shone, getting the bike to the podium twice in 2014.
In 2016, Binder sailed to the lightweight class crown by way of some stunning performances - including a famous outing at Jerez, where he came from last on the grid after being disqualified from qualifying for a technical infringement to win by over three seconds.