SA bike racers do us proud
South Africa’s contenders in this year’s Motorcycle World Championship are doing the country proud under tremendously challenging conditions.
The last race on 9 September at the San Marino MotoGP saw former Moto3 world champion Brad Binder take a close seventh place in the Moto2 race on his factory Red Bull Racing KTM.
The result saw Binder slot into third place in the season’s championship chase, on 119 points.
That makes him the best of the rest, ahead of Italy’s Lorenzo Baldassari (Kalex) on 116 and Spain’s Joan Mir (Kalex) on 114.
Comfortably ahead and engaging in a duel for the title are Italy’s Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) on 214 points, and Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull Racing KTM) on 206.
Recently, South African Steven Odendaal finished just outside the Moto2 points in 17th on his underdeveloped NTS.
Meanwhile, Binder’s younger brother, Darryn, is still recovering from surgery on a smashed collarbone.
Despite this, he put in a superb ride for seventh in the Moto3 race on his Red Bull KTM.