President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated motorcycle racer Brad Binder on flying the South African flag high with his first win in the MotoGP premier class yesterday, Sunday 09 August 2020.
Brad Binder (BB33), who previously raced in the Moto2 class, recorded the first MotoGP premier class win by a South African after starting in seventh place on the grid at the Masaryk circuit in the Czech Republic.
President Ramaphosa said: “Brad Binder made all South Africans proud (yesterday) with his historic victory. We share in his elation and look forward to his long and successful career at the top of his sport.
“Coming as it did on Women’s Day, which brings us together as a nation, Brad’s victory in the Czech Grand Prix provides us with inspiration, hope and pride and lifts our spirits at a time we need this.”
According to BradBinder33‘s website, the win during this third round of the 2020 season was a major racing milestone for not only Brad and South Africa, but also for his team – Red Bull KTM – the first for the company in MotoGP, and the second trophy from only three-and-a-half years KTM have been on the grid.
South Africans around the world were in tears watching the finish, with many video-ing the triumphant moment that Brad won, in only his third outing in the premier class!
Brad (who turns 25 tomorrow) said after the race: “Honestly, right now, I’m lost for words. I’ve dreamt of this since I was a little boy and today it came true. It is amazing to win my first GP [in MotoGP]. Thank you to everybody who supported me, and the whole team: they put an insane motorcycle beneath me today! I didn’t know if we could win but I knew we would have a go. It was the craziest ten laps of my life at the end. I was being as soft as I could. It was incredible. Unbelievable.”