Binder to replace Hafizh Syahrin next season

Hafizh Syahrin at a promotional event for the Malaysian GP last year. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: South Africa’s Brad Binder will be replacing Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah at Red Bull KTM Tech3 next season.

The news was announced on Tech3’s website confirming rumours that Malaysia’s first ever MotoGP rider would be dropped from the French KTM satellite team.

Speculations were rife that Hafizh would not continue with Tech3 when he was not offered a new contract after his rookie team-mate Miguel Oliveira had signed one earlier in the season.

This followed the inconsistent performance of the 25-year-old compared to his debut season last year.

After nine races, Hafizh collected only three points after finishing 14th in the French GP in May and 15th in the Assen Circuit last month.

A change of machinery at Tech3, using a KTM bike compared to Yamaha last season, also played a part in Hafizh’s performance.

Meanwhile, Binder confirmed on Instagram that he would be stepping up to MotoGP in 2020, after signing a one-year deal with Tech3 to ride alongside Oliveira.

“I’m really happy to announce that I will be stepping up into the MotoGP class for the 2020 season with the @redbullktmtech3 team. Thank you Red Bull KTM for believing in me.

“Not just for next year but for all the years we have been together. It’s a dream come true and I can’t thank the people enough that have helped me get to this point in my career so far,” he said.