Why a MotoGP rookie's Czech GP win wasn't a total shock
On a landmark day for his Austrian manufacturer, KTM rider Brad Binder became the latest new MotoGP winner in 2020. But while the result might have been unexpected, the combination's potential was clear to see if you knew where to look
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.
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Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022
The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?
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