Bendsneyder to join Ajo-KTM in 2016

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Red Bull Rookies champion Bo Bendsneyder has been confirmed with Ajo-KTM for next year. The team also announced that Brad Binder will continue with the Finnish squad for a second year.

For Bendneyder the deal marks the return of a Dutch rider to the Grand Prix grid and having announced the deal he said, "I’m not setting any goals for the first year; I need to get to know the team and see how we go in the first test, then we'll see where we need to be."

Binder, who was fighting for the win at Aragon last time out before a last lap crash with Enea Bastianini, has had a difficult year with podiums punctuated by poor performances but the introduction of a new chassis from KTM has seen the South African look much more comfortable on the bike and competitive.

"I am very happy to continue with Red Bull KTM Ajo next year and continue to progress together after what we have done this season," said Binder. "It is very important to continue in the same team and, after the podiums and fights for victories, finish the job next year by fighting for the title. I'm very confident in both the team and myself, since we have the potential to do it. The breakthrough that we made in 2015 has been focusing and improving my riding, instead of trying to solve things with the setup of the bike." 

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Steve English

By Steve English