Is this year Binder’s year?

Henry

Move the braai in the meantime and make sure the fridge makes enough ice, because in a few weeks there won’t be enough time for that.

That’s because all attention will shift to this year’s MotoGP series, which will keep motorcycling enthusiasts riveted for nearly ten months when the 2024 series kicks off in Qatar.

If this year’s series is going to produce the same excitement and tension as 2023’s series, the blood pressure pills might as well be drawn closer.

The series was balanced until the last race before the Italian Francesco Bagnania was crowned as champion.

The Ducatis dominated last year and Bagnaia (467 points) was followed by Jorge Martin (428) and Marco Bezzecchi (329) who all raced on Ducatis.

South Africa’s Brad Binder (293) was fourth, followed by Johann Zarco (225) and Aleix Espargaro (206).

Binder was the only rider who did not race a Ducati and finished among the top four.

The KTM team raced in the series for the first time in 2017, was fifth in 2018 and 2019, fourth in 2020 and second in 2023.

That’s why there is so much confidence in the KTM racing team.

There is a lot of excitement, because Pit Beier, the race director, says there is open talk of winning the world title this year.

“Our goal is the MotoGP crown. The key to success is having the right driver,” said Beier.

“Brad Binder has everything that is expected of a winning driver.”

“I was impressed how we improved in one season, especially in qualifying,” said Francesco Guidotti, Red Bull KTM team boss.

Binder experienced an incredible season in 2023 and finished fourth in the championship standings. He was twice second and three times third in 20 Grands Prix. He won two sprint races on Saturdays and was on the podium a few other times.

“We owe a lot to Brad Binder, who has already extended his contract.

“This will be his tenth year at KTM. We owe a lot to him because he believes in the dream of taking our team to the top,” Beier told Speedweek.com.

This year’s teams:

  • Ducati Lenovo: Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini
  • Prima Pramac Racing: Jorge Martin and Franco Morbidelli
  • Mooney VR46 Racing Team: Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio
  • Gresini Racing MotoGP: Alex Marquez and Marc Marquez
  • KTM Racing: Brad Binder and Jack Miller
  • Gasgas Factory Racing: Pol Espargaro, Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta
  • Aprilia Racing: Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.
  • Trackhouse Racing: Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez
  • Yamaha: Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins
  • Repsol Honda: Joan Mir and Luca Marini
  • LCR Honda Castrol/Idemitsu: Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami

This is what the race schedule looks like:

  • March 10: Qatar (Lusail)
  • March 24: Grande Prémio de Portugal (Portimão)
  • April 7: Gran Premio de la República Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo)
  • April 14: Grand Prix of the Americas (Austin)
  • April 28: Gran Premio de España (Jerez)
  • May 12: Grand Prix de France (Le Mans)
  • May 26: Gran Premi de Catalunya (Montmeló)
  • June 2: Gran Premio d’Italia (Scarperia e San Piero)
  • June 16: Grand Prix of Kazakhstan (Almaty)
  • June 30: TT Assen (Assen)
  • July 7: Grand Prix Deutschland (Hohenstein-Ernstthal
  • 14 August: British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
  • August 18: Grand Prix von Österreich (Spielberg)
  • September 1: Gran Premio de Aragón (Alcañiz)
  • September 8: Gran Premio di San Marino (Misano Adriatico).
  • September 22: Grand Prix of India (Greater Noida)
  • September 29: Indonesian Grand Prix (Central Lombok)
  • October 6: Japanese Grand Prix (Motegi)
  • October 20: Australian Grand Prix (Phillip Island)
  • October 27: Thai Grand Prix (Buriram)
  • November 3: Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang)
  • November 17: Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana (Valencia)

Source: crashnet.com