Cal Crutchlow happy to see Brad Binder get factory KTM shot

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British rider Cal Crutchlow reckons one of the bright young talents emerging out of the entry-level Moto3 category is South African rider Brad Binder.

Binder enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2014 when he scored a career first rostrum with a stunning second place in the German GP at Sachsenring.

He followed that up with a third place at the end of a dramatic Japanese round at Twin Ring Motegi last month to finish 11th overall in the final rankings on the Ambrogio Racing Mahindra machine.

The 19-year-old’s performances this year have been rewarded with a shot in the official Red Bull KTM squad in 2015, which is run by Ajo Motorsport.

And Crutchlow reckons Binder will flourish now he’s got a chance to show his potential on more competitive machinery in 2015.

Crutchlow will be joined by rising Aussie star Jack Miller in the CWM LCR Honda MotoGP squad next season after his fantastic performances in the Red Bull KTM squad in 2014 earned him a fast track promotion straight from Moto3 into the premier class.

Miller showed his talent and speed on an inferior Honda in 2013 to land his Red Bull KTM chance. And he came within two points of clinching the title after claiming six wins and eight pole positions.

And former World Supersport champion Crutchlow reckons Binder is another young talent to keep an eye out for in the future.

The 29-year-old, who is recovering from recent shoulder left shoulder surgery, told MCN: “One more coming through like Miller is Brad Binder. He has done very similar to what Miller did last year (2013) on an underperforming bike, if not better. So it is good to see these young guys coming through and being given a chance and he (Binder) is definitely one to keep an eye on.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt