Francesco Bagnaia Clinches Victory in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Home Austrian Grand Prix
In a thrilling display of speed and skill, Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing claimed a second consecutive MotoGP™ podium finish in the team’s home Austrian Grand Prix. The event unfolded at the iconic Red Bull Ring, where Binder secured a well-deserved runner-up position, hot on the heels of the defending world champion, Francesco Bagnaia of Ducati. Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting race weekend.
Binder’s Remarkable Performance
Just two weeks after a remarkable third-place finish at the British Grand Prix, South African rider Brad Binder showcased his prowess once again. In Saturday’s sprint race, he navigated a massive first-turn pile-up, demonstrating impressive control and precision. The sprint race itself was clinched by Francesco Bagnaia, setting the stage for an epic showdown in the main event.
Sunday’s Main Race Drama
Sunday’s main race saw Bagnaia and Binder emerge as the class of the field. On the legendary Austrian circuit, Bagnaia commanded a comfortable lead over Binder, securing his fifth victory of the season. This victory not only extended Bagnaia’s lead in the world championship standings but also solidified his status as a dominant force in the MotoGP™ circuit.
Binder’s performance in the main race was stellar, once again showcasing his skill and determination. His runner-up finish marked his second podium of the year, a testament to his growing prowess in the sport.
Binder’s Contract Extension
Adding to the excitement of the weekend, Binder signed a contract extension with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, committing to stay with the team until the end of 2026. This announcement was a welcome development for both the rider and the team, as they look to build on their success in the seasons to come.
World Championship Standings
Francesco Bagnaia continues to lead the points race, solidifying his status as a top contender for the championship. Spain’s Jorge Martín remains in close pursuit, but Brad Binder’s strong performance has brought him closer to the top three in the standings. With 11 races remaining in the 2023 season, Binder remains a formidable contender in the title race, promising exciting competition ahead.
Other Notable Performances
In a race filled with drama, Alex Márquez claimed fifth place aboard his Gresini Racing Ducati, while Jorge Martín finished seventh after serving a long-lap penalty for his role in the first-turn pile-up during the sprint race.
Marc Márquez, a six-time champion, continued his comeback from injury, finishing in 12th place ahead of Johann Zarco. However, Jack Miller, Binder’s KTM teammate, faced a challenging race, dropping back from fourth on the grid to finish in 14th place.
The MotoGP™ championship action continues on September 3 with the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. As the season unfolds, fans can expect more thrilling races and intense competition among the world’s best riders.
Austrian Grand Prix Result
- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA) Ducati – 42m 23.315s
- Brad Binder (RSA) KTM +5.191s
- Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) Ducati +7.708s
- Luca Marini (ITA) Ducati +10.343s
- Alex Márquez (SPA) Ducati +11.039s
2023 MotoGP™ World Championship Standings
- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA) Ducati – 251 points
- Jorge Martín (SPA) Ducati – 189
- Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) Ducati – 183
- Brad Binder (RSA) KTM – 160
- Johann Zarco (FRA) Ducati – 125
The world of MotoGP™ continues to deliver exhilarating races, and Brad Binder’s outstanding performances make him a key figure to watch in the ongoing championship battle.