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The scenic and demanding course in Portimao provided a clean slate for the MotoGP field. Aside from a small familiarization test in October, the Portuguese venue was a mystery for the majority of the grid. There was a lack of data, settings and knowledge for the sweeping 4.6km layout but the Red Bull KTM teams immediately got down to work and chipped away at the lap-times through Friday and Saturday.

Just a tenth of a second prevented Brad Binder from making the cut to Q2 on Saturday afternoon. The South African was extremely close to the second phase of qualification but will now occupy 13th spot on the grid.

The last 25 laps of MotoGP action this season will begin at 15.00 CET on Sunday.

Brad Binder:
“We were really unfortunate just to miss out on Q2. The frustrating thing for me is that I have the pace and I was capable of a lap-time a good couple of tenths quicker than I managed. In general, I think we’ve done a good job of getting my feeling better, especially because I felt like I was struggling a lot, in FP3 in particular, and we made a couple of steps forward. The race pace is not too bad at all we just need a bit more time on the bike. The circuit here is really hard. If you make just a couple of small mistakes in places it costs you all the way round. It’s been good to learn so far and I think I’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

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Final round of the National Enduro Championship

South African riders went head-to-head in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend for the final round of the National Enduro Championship. After a tumultuous season of racing, the Brother Leader Tread KTM team mustered up the strength to put up one last fight for championship titles.

With two riders lining up in second place in their class, the team entered the event with everything to win. After a demanding day of racing in Natal’s particularly unforgiving terrain, both Bradley Cox and Scott Bouverie narrowly missed the top step and snatched up silverware in the E1 and E2 Class respectively.

While the seemingly elusive E1 title evaded Cox’s grip, the multi-disciplined star will end the season celebrating the positives after his recent OR3 National Cross Country title.

“I didn’t manage to take the title in E1 today, but I fought hard all season. I struggled a bit in the second half of the race – I started to cramp and lost touch with the leading guys. It’s all good though – it’s been a long year and I’m ready to regroup in the off season,” said Cox.

For Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Bouverie, a second place is certainly not what he had hoped for by his own high standards. With a strong determination to come back swinging in 2021, however, the rider walks away proud of his performance in what has been an unpredictable season of racing.

“A second place is obviously not what I wanted, but I’ll take it after such a short season. I really enjoyed how technical the track was today and I’m proud of the ride I had. Thanks to my amazing team and everyone that backed me this season – I’m looking forward to a fresh start next year,” said Bouverie.

KTM South Africa’s Marketing Manager Louwrens Mahoney gives a part shot and his team enters the off season: “It was a really tough and demanding last round of the National Enduro series and the riders really gave it everything they had. We walk away with lots to work on as prepare for next season, and that motivates us so much to come back stronger. Well done to all the other teams for putting on a solid performance all year round.”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney – KTM Motorcycles SA

Picture Caption: Scott Bouverie at the final round of the National Enduro Championship


South African motorsport sensation Brett Swanepoel has been crowned the 2020 National Enduro Champion. The rider put on an eye-catching performance at the season finale in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend where he stormed to his second national title of the season.

The multi-disciplined Swanepoel has now snatched up both the National Cross Country and Enduro Championship, reigning supreme in not only in the OR2 and E2 Class, but on the leaderboard overall. The last time a South African rider pulled off such a feat was in 2006.

“We did it – what a weekend! It’s hard to describe the feeling of taking the number one plate in both championships. Thank you to my team, sponsors and everyone else that stood by me leading up to this,” said an elated Swanepoel.

Adding to an already unforgettable event for the team was a win from Matthew Green. The E1 rider has gone from strength to strength this season and stormed to his second consecutive event win on Saturday. After a challenging start to the year, Green has reinstated himself as a force to be reckoned with in his class and will certainly be a favourite in the race for the 2021 title.

“Super stoked to end the racing season with a win in the E1 Class. A huge thank you to everyone that has stuck by me this season through some tough times! It’s been a crazy year and I’m happy to have put it all together in the last few races. Unfortunately, a broken foot kept me out of the championship hunt – but a huge congratulations to my teammate Brett for bringing home a title for the team,” said Green.

After a tumultuous season of racing, the year couldn’t have come to a better close for PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING. The team was proud to support the talented Heinrich Aust, who finished off the season on a high as he secured the second spot in the E1 Class on Saturday.

Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham commented, “What an incredible way to finish off a topsy turvy year of racing – after not knowing if we would even race again. Brett brings home an incredible double championship and is crowned overall Enduro and Cross Country King! On the same day Matt and Heinrich give the team a one and two in E1. I’m so proud of all involved and need to mention Anthony, our race chief, who prepped perfect Husqvarna machines for all our athletes. In closing for the year, we need to thank Pepson Plastics and the Pepper family for the support we have had from them over the last 4 years – really glad to give them another championship in appreciation. From Husqvarna SA, we look forward to an exciting 2021 with lots of exciting news up our sleeve!”

Published by: Fred Fensham – Husqvarna Motorcycles

Picture Caption: The talented Heinrich Aust.


For the fifth time in 2020 MotoGP, the series negotiated back-to-back meetings with round fourteen of fifteen taking place at the flat, tight and curvy Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. Red Bull KTM started the sunny but breezy 27-lap Grand Prix with three riders in the first ten positions on the grid.

Brad Binder forged a watchable race speed to cut through the pack from the start and duel with Alex Rins. The South African was less than half a second away from the Spaniard by the checkered flag and his ride delivered the third top-five result of the campaign for the rookie. Brad’s performance was especially satisfying considering Valencia was the location of his very first laps with the RC16 at the end of 2019 and where he was several seconds adrift of the leading riders. Once again, the 25-year old was able to demonstrate his superb progression in his maiden season.

Brad Binder:
“Today was a positive race for us. I didn’t get the best of starts but I managed to find good pace, pass a few guys and work my way towards the front. I gave my absolute best today and unfortunately it was not enough to get us into that podium fight. Overall, I’m happy with how we have made steps this weekend; from Friday through to the race. We have a lot of learning to do still but we’re looking forward to Portimao already. Thanks to the team and everyone for their hard work. We’ll push again next week.”

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The second Grand Prix to take place at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit this week again presented the MotoGP pack with a difficult and unpredictable challenge. Red Bull KTM negotiated a dry and sunny set of Free Practice sessions on Friday but Saturday morning and the dash for Q2 selection was more complicated with cloudy skies, brief showers and damp and temperate conditions.

Brad Binder was able to mark the fastest time in Q1 – before the latest batch of rainfall – and joined his fellow KTM riders in the push for the first four rows of the grid.

During the lightly damp 12-minute rush both Oliveira and Binder held Pole Position in the early stages and Espargaro was also hovering around the top three. The order flipped rapidly and with numerous changes at the top as the last lap-attacks came into the play. By the time of the checkered flag, Espargaro was just three-tenths of a second from his third Pole of the season. Brad was 9th and only half a second away.

Brad Binder:
“Not a bad day at all. In FP3 this morning I didn’t get a good lap together and that was a bit disappointing but I was quite happy to get a good couple of runs in FP4. We made a step today and my rhythm was strong in qualifying. Due to Q1 I didn’t have any tires left for Q2. I had one new rear but no new fronts. My team made a good step forward with the bike setting. I felt much better and I think we’ll have a good race tomorrow.”

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