• Brad Binder won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix.
• The South African gambled with his race strategy in a move that proved fruitful.
• Binder talks about the challenges he faced in the closing stages of the race.
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South African MotoGP rider Brad Binder pulled off the impossible when he won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix on his KTM. With a handful of laps remaining in the race, the heavens opened up, forcing riders into the pit and jump onto bikes with a wet setup and wet tyres. Binder, however, opted to stay out on dry tyres.
It proved to be the best decision for the South African, but it was not without difficulty. Binder trod more carefully with each passing lap, and his bike becoming more difficult to control. Still, he made the best of his decision to stay out and crossed the finish line first to take his second career MotoGP victory.
Binder said of the win: "I am so incredibly happy to have walked away with the win today. The beginning of the race was super hard for us. I, unfortunately, got the worst tyre since I have been here, so I was struggling a lot in all the braking and the throttle, but when I saw the rain starting, I took my opportunity, and I fought as hard as I could and closed in front of the front group - which was great."