RideFast November 2019

RobRidefast

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ED’S NOTES: TALKING MOTOGP

I’ve just finished watching another cracking

MotoGP race from Phillip Island in all three classes

and again found myself screaming with delight as

our SA boys once again shone down under.

The Phillip Island track always throws up good

racing and this year’s race was another belter.

Brad Binder was absolutely sensational once

again. I don’t think he even knows what pressures

is because it never seems to get to him. He was

put under loads of it by his ‘now on form’ teammate

Jorge Martin but Brad just never even looked

phased. His ability to churn out one fast lap after

another is incredible and Jorge Martin is the latest

rider in the field to find out that our Brad can

handle whatever is thrown at him.

It really is a pity the season started off so poorly. If only

the AJO team could have sorted the bike out sooner. No

doubt Brad would have possibly even been crowned

Moto2 champ heading into the Phillip Island race. Both

Brad and Martin’s performances over the past couple

of rounds proves that the team have found something

and now have a competitive package, but it might all

be too little too late. Brad is still in with a shout for the

title but it’s a very slim shout.

My brother and I will be heading over to Valencia

for the final MotoGP round of the season so I really

hope the championship goes down to the last

race and if Brad does manage to pull it off and we

are there I can tell you now watch out for a naked,

tattooed South African running around the track

screaming “Binder, Binder, Binder!!!!”

The massive news heading into the Australian

round was that of Brad now signing for the Factory

Red Bull KTM MotoGP team. Brad had initially signed

for the Tech 3 team but has now moved alongside

Pol Espargaro into the full factory team. I think once

KTM weighed up all their options they knew that

he was the best choice and that he will be able to

improve the ever-improving package even more.

Brad has a one year deal signed and I have a funny

feeling that KTM know/knew that it will be hard

holding onto him and thought let’s make the best of

it while we do. They know that Brad will be able to

improve the KTM RC16 package, a bit more than Pol

who seems to just be riding around some problems

rather than improving them.

I’m going to have a good chat with Brad not

only at Valencia but also here in SA when we

have our annual meet and greet event with him

at Ridgeway Racebar on Saturday the 7th of

December and ask him, off the record of course,

what the story is behind it all. This is where my

job as a journo is hard because I am lucky enough

to get so much behind the scenes info but can’t

always take advantage of it. Take this move to the

factory team for instance, I was informed about

it a week in advance but had to keep my mouth

shut. Was not easy not going onto the RideFast

Facebook page and posting the scoop, but Brad

and his team know they can trust me so silly

moves like that will not be beneficial in the long

run so I somehow manage to keep myself in check.

I’m really excited to be going to Valencia and it will

be my brothers first taste of MotoGP in Europe so

we going to make the best of it for sure. I’m hoping

to get as much signed memorabilia to bring home

ready to auction off at the meet and greet event on

the 7th, not only from Brad, who we are going to

tie up and steal everything in his race van, but also

from as many of the other riders as possible.

We will also be staying for the first of the 2-day

official MotoGP test where we’ll get to see Brad

in action for the first time properly on a MotoGP

bike. That will be our EXCLUSIVE feature in our

December issue so another cracker coming

after this cracker you’re about to page through. I

will be posting loads of video and picture content

from the weekend in Valencia on the RideFast

Facebook and YouTube pages so make sure you

check it all out.

Rumours, unrest and a clear out in 2021

Heading into, and coming out of the last couple

of rounds there has been huge rumours going

around the paddock. While all the spots for the

2020 season have now been secured and it looks

very exciting, I can’t help but look forward to 2021. I

think there is going to be a huge clear-out of riders

making way for some fresh new challengers. I look

at the likes of Crutchlow and Lorenzo, who look

set to call it a day after the 2020 season, Danilio

Petrucci, who I think Ducati will swing over to

WSBK in place of Davies and of course the big one,

The Doctor Valentino Rossi who I think will know

his time is up and call it quits.

All those spots will need filling and the rumours

around the paddock are that Vinales is looking like

he will make the move to the Ducati squad, probably

in place of Petrucci, while Dovi could be heading to

KTM to replace either Brad or Pol. That could see

Jack Miller or Pecco Bagnaia move into the factory

Ducati team. Alex Rins is another rider who is being

tipped to make a move across to the Ducati team,

although his performances of late might not make

that happen and instead we could see his teammate,

Joan Mir make that move.

The hottest ticket for 2021 has to be Fabio

Quatararo, who Ducati are also looking to do

whatever it takes to get in their beautiful red colours,

but Yamaha are keen to hold onto him and he could

replace Rossi, or Vinales, in the factory team.

So, that leaves plenty good seats open, the biggest

might be the 2nd Repsol Honda seat, which I

have no doubt will be vacated by Lorenzo, maybe

even sooner than 2021. Not many riders though

seem too keen to go and be the team-mate to the

dominant Marc Marquez. Johann Zarco and his

younger brother Alex Marquez could be the only

real options there.

Other seats that most riders are going to want are

those of the Petronas Yamaha and Ecstar Suzuki. I

can see Brad Binder potentially lining up either on

the Factory Suzuki, Yamaha or Ducati for 2021, while

Moto2 riders such as Jorge Martin, Jorge Navarro,

Lorenzo Baldassari and Augusto Fernández will be

looking to fill some of those spots.

Exciting times ahead no doubt but we still have

some time to wait to see just what will play out

in 2021, but there is no doubt that 2020 could be

Rossi’s last season in MotoGP and I know plenty

people who are booking their tickets now to go

watch races in 2020 as it could be his last and

if that is so, how will it affect MotoGP and will

we still see the famous yellow 46 in the MotoGP

paddock as a team owner? Time will tell…

That other championship

The World SBK championship has come to an end

and again it was Johnny Rea who lifted the title.

Had you said that after the first 5 rounds you would

have been laughed at as it looked almost certain

that Alvaro Bautista was going to lift the crown

but a combination of silly mistakes, bad luck and

supreme riding on the part of Rea meant that a

massive title shift evolved and Rea would go onto

to be the champ and make even more history.

While the start of the season was exciting, it did

seem to fizzle out again with one or two good

races thrown in. 2020 looks like it’s going to be

much better with newly crowned BSB champ

and former MotoGP rider Scott Redding with his

tattoos and bad haircut set to join the factory

Ducati team in place of Bautista who will be

moving to the factory Honda squad. Still no reveal

on the new machine Bautista is set to be riding but

reports say it’s going to be by far the best Blade

yet so let’s hope so. We will have the full run down

of the new machine in next month’s issue.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu signing for Yamaha is also

exciting news and I can see the Turk making it

into MotoGP sooner rather than later, so another

potential name for the 2021 season. I think Toprak

made the move to the Yamaha SBK squad because

he knows it’s a better road into MotoGP for him,

and no doubt Dorna will want him, his Turkish

passport and more importantly his Turkish money

in their championship.

Odendaal in WSS

Exciting news last month was that of Steven

Odendaal signing to race for TenKate Yamaha

in the World Supersport championship in 2020.

TenKate is the most successful team ever in the

WSS class so Steven will have a really good shot

at going for the title. We all know the talent that

young man has got and it's now time for the rest

of the world to see it. Good luck Steven, we will be

behind you all the way.

So, that’s it then for another exciting issue. If

you want to hear more about what I have to say

about MotoGP check out the Talking MotoGP

podcast I do with Donovan Fourie on the

RideFast YouTube channel.

Also, make sure you grab yourself a Brad Binder

limited edition Red Bull can and get your entry in

to win a trip to the Jerez GP in 2020. Great job by

Red Bull SA! Also pencil in that date for our Brad

Binder meet and greet – Saturday the

7th December – you do not want to

miss this event as not only will you

come face-to-face with Brad and some

of SA’s top stars, but we will also have

some exclusive limited signed rider

memorabilia up for auction.

I really hope you enjoy this

jammed packed issue of

pure goodness we have set

out for you. We always

thrive on being the first at

bringing you all the latest

news and reviews and

have once again done it in

this issue being the first

publication in SA to bring

you the new 2020 Kawasaki

and Ducati releases. Looks like

naked is the new black for 2020!

Cheers, Rob

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