Promising final weekend of 2020 closes with unfortunate DNF for Brad Binder
The fifteenth and final outing for MotoGP this year could not have found a more spectacular setting. The flowing course of the ‘Autodromo Internacional do Algarve’ was new to the FIM World Championship and hosted Portugal’s first Grand Prix since 2012. The MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes had to learn the trajectory and refine their motorcycles for the fastest lap-times through extended practice sessions and under prolonged sunny skies.
Brad Binder confirmed his Rookie of the Year distinction even if the race ended early for the South African as he carried too much speed into Turn 1 and crashed.
“All-in-all my rookie year has come to a close and we managed to wrap the Rookie of the Year award, which was a goal starting the season. I made a good start but on the second lap two riders had contact and I was left out to dry. I had to run off track. Coming back I got a great slipstream on the straight but came into Turn 1 too hot and unfortunately it was just enough to lose the front. I tried to save it but went down. It’s a shame because we had the pace to do a good job. It’s been a tough but fantastic season with big highs and low lows! I think all of it will build me up to be a stronger rider next season. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone in the box and the entire team. The feeling is great and we have a competitive package for sure.”