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ED’S NOTES: TALKING

ED’S NOTES: TALKING MOTOGP S594/A I’ve just finished watching another cracking MotoGP race from Philip Island in all three classes and again found myself screaming with delight as our SA boys once again shone down under. The Philip 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 ‘no on form’ team-mate 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 Philip Island race. Both Brad and Martin’s performance 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 come 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 performance 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 is 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 and going for the title. We all know the talent that young man has got and it is not 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 DUNLOPTYRESSA EDITOR & DESIGNER: Rob Portman rob@ridefast.co.za PUBLISHER: Glenn Foley foleyg@mweb.co.za ADVERTISING: Sean Hendley bestbikemagazines @yahoo.com 071 684 4546 OFFICE & SUBSCRIPTIONS: Anette anette.acc@ mweb.co.za 011 979 5035 CONTRIBUTORS: Sheridan Morais Brad Binder Darryn Binder Gerrit Erasmus Eugene Liebenberg Niel Philipson Greg Moloney Daniella Kerby Michael Powell Brian Cheyne Donovan Fourie Shaun Portman Mat Durrans Copyright © RideFast Magazine: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, articles, or other methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 1