“I took away two podiums,” Frustrated Brad Binder apologises to his team following yet another crucial mistake costing him a podium in Assen

Brad Binder has apologised to his KTM team following a crucial mistake that cost them a podium.


“I took away two podiums,” Frustrated Brad Binder apologises to his team following yet another crucial mistake costing him a podium in Assen

Brad Binder

Brad Binder has gone on to suffer a tad bit of bad luck following the 2023 Dutch MotoGP race weekend. The South African rider went on to apologise to his KTM squad following his grave mistake in Sunday’s race. Binder’s penalty inducing move resulted in him and the team missing out on yet another podium finish at Assen. This was devastating to see following what had happened on Saturday.

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Brad Binder had gone on to finish P3 in both the sprint race and the main race. However, a grave mistake led to the KTM rider being stripped off his podium finish for both the events. Track limits were an issue that bothered Brad as it was an infringement coming out of Stekkenwal that ruined it all for him and the squad. The South African rider had no issues with the penalty itself.

During Saturday’s sprint race, Brad Binder’s infraction came on the penultimate lap which specified a three second penalty. This demoted him from third to fifth whilst Fabio Quartararo got a spot on the podium. Sunday’s race was much tougher on the KTM rider. An automatic penalty for the infraction went on to give him a one place demolition which led to him losing out on the podium yet again.

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Brad Binder’s penalty was a deja vu throughout the weekend

Brad Binder
Brad Binder

In an interview, Brad went on to share his thoughts on it. “We did a good job today. Until the last lap. For that, I am extremely, extremely sorry to my team,” he said.
“Because I took away two podiums for them. They’ve done a great job, put in a huge effort. I am sorry to mess it up like that for them. “It is what it is. And I’ll try to make up for it at Silverstone. The rules are the rules. And yeah, I feel like f**king braindead to do it again,”
he continued.

With Pecco Bagnaia eventually winning Sunday’s race, he now leads the championship comfortably. With the first half of the MotoGP season done an dusted, riders will have a six weeks break to relax and recover before the racing action begins again. It will be interesting to see what Brad Binder and KTM can do in the remaining half of their 2023 MotoGP campaign.

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