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Suzuki is another brand

Suzuki is another brand on the surprise list, especially at the Red Bull Ring where they have notoriously sucked in the past. Rins was passing for the lead during Red Bull One when he crashed, and Joan Mir managed to nab a second place. During Red Bull Two, Mir looked to have the pace to take the win until the red flag incident where he had no more front tyres and had to restart on an old one, a mistake that cost him the race. Speaking of red flags, Rossi saw God like never before during Red Bull One after the collision between Morbidelli and Zarco sent both bikes narrowly missing him and Vinales at 200km/h. Actually, Rossi didn't see God until he watched the replay, because Morbidelli's bike flew past so quickly and all he saw of Zarco's bike was a shadow as it flew over him. What was interesting, while watching the onboards of both Rossi and Vinales, is that both riders saw the near-death moment, paused off the throttles for just a few seconds and then immediately resumed racing in case there was no red flag. These guys are proper heroes. The world is also seeing the talents of Miguel Oliviera shine through, plus a certain Binder. We South Africans all knew how good the Krugersdorp Boytjie was. We know that KTM made a mess of the 2019 Moto2 Championship by supplying their riders with orange cement mixers (a mistake they more than made up for with this year›s MotoGP machines). We know that Binder overcame those hardships to lose the championship only by a narrow margin. Perhaps it is no surprise to us that he took a win in just his third race. He will win more – he has to! He›s come too far not to. It takes a particular sort of mind to travel to Europe, a land of funny languages, funny customs, funny places and funny tracks, from the bottom of Africa to overcome a severe lack of budget and riding motorcycles made of cheese to make it into a factory team, and move with them to the premier class. It takes a mind of nails and steampowered determination to get there, and nothing will stop him. KTM have a winning bike and a rider that has been through so much hell that nothing more could compare. Brad has single handedly re-ignited passion for Moto GP in South Africa! You go boytjie!