Few would have predicted that just three races into his MotoGP career at the Czech Grand Prix, KTM factory rider Brad Binder (who turns 25 on Tuesday) would have stood atop the podium as a race winner. Not least when you consider he ended his first proper test on the RC16 at Valencia last November some 2.1 seconds off the pace in last.
The bike he is riding now has made a significant step forward from the 2019 version on which he began his MotoGP acclimatisation, but to make such an impact so early on amid arguably the most competitive premier class grid ever assembled would have been completely unrealistic to expect.
And yet, he demonstrated in his debut race in the Spanish Grand Prix that he could already be a podium threat. Thus, the first ever win for KTM in MotoGP's premier class scored by Binder last Sunday at Brno - while certainly not the expected result five minutes before lights out - did not come out of the blue.