Brad Binder

2016 FIM Moto3 World Champion

Born on 11 August 1995 in Potchefstroom, South Africa


Brad Binder (KTM) became the first South African rider to win a Grand Prix Circuit Racing world title in 36 years when he was crowned FIM Moto3 World Champion with four races to spare. After a strong start to his fifth season at this level, which began with three podiums and the championship lead after the opening three races, Binder announced himself as a serious title candidate with a stunning ride in round four at Jerez, where he was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a technical infringement but stormed through the 35-rider field to claim his first career victory. Subsequent back-to-back wins followed at Le Mans and Mugello, and as early championship challengers Jorge Navarro (Honda) and Romano Fenati (KTM) faded due to injury and a team dispute respectively, Binder consolidated his advantage.

Second place to Navarro by just 0.030 seconds at Aragón in September secured KTM's third Moto3 title, making Binder only the third South African champion in history and the first since Jon Ekerold (350cc) in 1980. Two more wins followed at Phillip Island and Valencia, taking his tally to seven for the season, with Enea Bastianini (Honda) finally securing the hotly-disputed runner-up spot in the championship in a final-round decider with Navarro and Pecco Bagnaia (Mahindra).