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28 days ago
By CNN

CNN: Brad Binder – creating MotoGP™ history

After the Austrian Grand Prix, the American media outlet spoke to South Africa’s first premier class winner

It’s fair to say Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder has been making waves around the globe since his famous Czech Grand Prix victory. Binder was a history maker in more ways than one and American news outlet CNN caught up with the South African after the Austrian Grand Prix, which saw Binder finish P4 after qualifying P17. 

 

Binder chats about how fantastic it feels to become KTM and South Africa’s first premier class winner, while at the same time admitting that motorsport isn’t something you’d immediately associate with the country. So, as you can imagine, Binder’s dominant victory in Brno was well received back home.

“For sure, when you think of sport and South Africa you think of rugby and cricket or something like that,” comments Binder. “When I was younger and I started racing in South Africa it was a lot busier, a lot of racing was going on there and a lot of support, but things died off a bit, but it is slowly coming back.

“It's really cool, because the news really blew up at home,” continues Binder. “I must say, South Africans are always fantastic at backing anyone in sports, and especially their own, so it's been great to see all the support I've had.”

The 25-year-old goes onto discuss the difficulties of travelling back to South Africa with the Covid-19 restrictions, and why he loves South Africa.

“It's nearly impossible for us to go home. After this weekend's race we have two weeks off and it would have been great to have shot home and caught up with friends and family for a week and come back. But unfortunately, the way things are at the moment, we'll just be staying here.

“South Africa in general is an amazing place, for sure. The main thing about South Africa, I don't really know how to explain it, it's just home, you know? It's that place that I go to and I know exactly how everything works.

"It's just amazing to go back and go to the places where I grew up and see all your friends and stuff, the stuff I've been doing my whole life. It's all those things. I hope everything gets back to normal soon.”

Binder also comments on how life on the road with younger brother Darryn Binder is, his adaptation to “a different beast” in the MotoGP™ class and more.

Head over to CNN to read what Binder said in full!

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