South African Brad Binder took the maiden win for the Red Bull KTM effort, stealing the glory from team mate Pol Espargaro and in doing so sealing his place as the Rookie of the Year in 2020.
Binder is a former Red Bull MotoGP Rookie and his star moment in the Cup came in Estoril in 2011 when he won the race from pole to flag by a margin of 15 seconds. That year he also rode his first 125 GP, before competing in the Moto3™ World Championship full-time for the first time in 2012. His first podiums came in 2014, before a move to the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad for 2015 saw him add four more podiums. For 2016 he and the Ajo team remained together and took the Moto3™ title in stunning style, winning it in the Aragon GP. Binder moved to Moto2™ with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team in 2017, racing the new KTM chassis in the intermediate class, but found the first half of his season marred by an arm injury. Forced to be patient as he fought back to full strength, once he was there the South African ended the season with three podiums in a row. In 2018, Binder stayed with Red Bull KTM Ajo and managed to secure his first three Moto2™ victories, finishing third in the Championship. A troubled KTM chassis meant one of the title favourites had to wait until Round 8 for a 2019 rostrum, but Binder’s latter half of the season form was sensational, missing the podium just three times in 12 races, winning five – including the last three. Binder eventually missed out on the Moto2™ title by three points. Binder carries the hopes of the Red Bull KTM team into 2021.