Brad Binder

South Africa double act! Darryn Binder will join older brother Brad in MotoGP next season. Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

I lost my brakes with two laps to go: Brad Binder

‘It was incredibly sketchy to try and get the bike home as the carbon brakes lose temperature which feels like you don’t have brakes anymore’ said Binder.

Brad Binder

South Africa double act! Darryn Binder will join older brother Brad in MotoGP next season. Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Red Bull KTM‘s South African rider Brad Binder has revealed the extent of his struggles to control his bike in the wet finish to the Austrian MotoGP on Sunday.

Binder was part of a leading pack of six with three laps to go but as the rain started to pour down, the other five riders peeled into the pits, leaving the KTM rider to cut a lonely figure out front.

Brad Binder the mathematician

The former Moto2 champion said after the race that he did some quick maths and felt he could just about pull off the win if he could keep his bike on the increasingly slippery track.

“It was a tough race to the finish. I took a big gamble by not changing bikes as the rain made it difficult to manoeuvre through the slippery tracks. With four laps to go, I could see the other racers come in, so I had to try to finish, which proved fruitful with the win,” explained Binder.

“I am so incredibly happy to have walked away with the win today, the beginning of the race was super hard for us. I unfortunately got the worst tyre since I have been here, so I was struggling a lot in all the braking and the throttle but when I saw the rain starting, I took my opportunity and I fought as hard as I could and closed in front of the front group which was great.

No Brakes

The first two laps of the final three laps were easier than the last one for Binder as he struggled to stay on track but skilfully pushed to the finish line, claiming the win despite a three-second penalty for exceeding the track limits on the final lap, as he slid wide on a corner. 

 “When I saw the guys pull up into the pit, I decided to take the gamble and try to push it out to the end. It was incredibly sketchy to try and get the bike home as the carbon brakes lose temperature which feels like you don’t have brakes anymore. I lost my brakes with two laps to go, and it went cold which meant there was no grip at all, but super happy to come home with the win, especially here in Austria which is Red Bull and KTM’s home ground Grand Prix – it is the closest thing that I have to home ground Grand Prix, so hats off to the team.” concluded Binder.