Binder

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 13: Brad Binder of South Africa and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Austria – Free Practice at Red Bull Ring on August 13, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Brave Brad Binder puts in epic ride to win wet-dry Austrian Grand Prix

Brad Binder showed real guts and determination to win the Austrian Grand Prix on slicks as the rain poured down at the Red Bull Ring.

Binder

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 13: Brad Binder of South Africa and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Austria – Free Practice at Red Bull Ring on August 13, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Brad Binder produced a brave ride in a wet-dry Austrian Grand Prix to give Red Bull KTM a home MotoGP win.

Binder earned his second career MotoGP winning a wet Grand Prix on slicks, bravely staying out on the dry tyres as the rain bucketed down. In sixth when the rain started to come down, Binder would benefit from a huge gamble, staying out on the dangerously smooth slick tyres.

Fortune favours brave Brad Binder

The South African built a phenomenal lead with his brave decision, but he had to hold off charges from those who had put their wet tyres on.

Behind Binder there was chaos as Marc Marquez fell off chasing the Red Bull rider.

Binder is a rider renowned for his guts and he certainly showed his willingness to take a risk with a superb ride and tremendous control.

Binder admitted that he could push on the first lap after the rain started pouring down but said that he soon lost all the grip in his tyres and by the end of the race was operating without the use of his brakes.

Binder was hit with a penalty for exceeding track limits on the last lap but it didn’t change his final position and he can lay claim to one of the ballsiest rides in the history of MotoGP.

Pecco Bagnaia and rookie Jorge Martin, who both pitted with three laps to go rounded off the podium.

Austrian Grand Prix – MotoGP results

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12533Brad BINDERRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM178.040’46.928
22063Francesco BAGNAIAITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati177.1+9.991
31689Jorge MARTINSPAPramac RacingDucati177.0+11.570
41336Joan MIRSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki176.9+12.623
51110Luca MARINIITASKY VR46 AvintiaDucati176.8+14.831
61027Iker LECUONASPATech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM176.7+14.952
7920Fabio QUARTARAROFRAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha176.6+16.650
8846Valentino ROSSIITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha176.6+17.150
9773Alex MARQUEZSPALCR Honda CASTROLHonda176.6+17.692
10641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia176.5+18.270
11543Jack MILLERAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati176.0+25.144
1249Danilo PETRUCCIITATech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM176.0+25.193
13330Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda176.0+25.603
14242Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki175.6+30.642
15193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda175.3+35.459
1644Pol ESPARGAROSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda174.9+40.384
1735Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha174.1+52.950
Not Classified
88Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM182.16 Laps
5Johann ZARCOFRAPramac RacingDucati167.010 Laps
23Enea BASTIANINIITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati172.422 Laps

Weather Conditions:

 |   Track Condition: Dry|   Air: 31ยบ| Humidity: 44%|   Ground: 41ยบ

Records:

Pole Lap: Jorge MARTIN1’22.643188.0 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 12Fabio QUARTARARO1’24.451184.0 Km/h
Best Race Lap.:2019Andrea DOVIZIOSO1’23.827185.4 Km/h
All Time Lap Record:2021Jorge MARTIN1’22.643188.0 Km/h