Double trouble as SA's Darryn Binder joins brother Brad in MotoGP for 2022

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On Thursday, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced that Moto3 rider Darryn Binder has signed to join the factory rebranded RNF MotoGP team line-up for the 2022 MotoGP season, with an option to stay on for 2023.

Darryn will join his new teammate Andrea Dovizioso as the rebranded RNF MotoGP Team start their new and exciting chapter in 2022.

Darryn Binder started his Moto3 class career in 2015. According to, Binder's name came up in the ranks when his brother Brad became the 2016 Moto3 Champion with KTM. 

Binder has also made a name for himself, proving his own talents. According to the publication, he is known for his hard racing and making use of any and every available gap during a race; the 23-year-old has ridden to six Moto3 podiums so far, including a win at the 2020 Catalan GP, reported.

Darryn also said to his brother Brad in an Instagram post on Thursday: "Brad, I'll see you on the brakes."

According to The SouthAfrican publication, Paddy Driver was the first local to reach the premier class in 1959. Not only has Brad Binder been the only South African to represent the country for the premium class since Jon Ekerold, Dave Petersen and Kork Ballington many years ago, but this is also a historic beginning as both brothers will now race in MotoGP - albeit against each other. 

Macr Marquez and his brother Alex, as well as Aleix and Pol Espargaro are other siblings competing in the class, and also Valentino Rossi and his stepbrother, Luca Marini.

Binder said in a statement: "I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity, as it has been a lifelong dream to race in the MotoGP category. I definitely didn't expect to make the jump straight from Moto3 to the highest class, but I do believe I'm up for the challenge, and I'm ready to put in all the hard work for 2022.

"My target at the beginning will be just to find my feet in the big class and learn as much as possible to get stronger and stronger throughout my rookie season. I want to say a really big thank you to Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team for everything they have done to make this possible, as well as everyone who has been involved in getting me to this point. I'm now just looking forward to riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time at the end of this season."

Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Motor Company managing director, says: "I want to give a warm welcome to Darryn. 

"We are delighted that he is joining the Yamaha line-up next year. We've had many conversations about who would be a good match for the new RNF MotoGP Team set-up. 

"It's a fresh start for the Yamaha satellite team, and that makes it all the more fitting to have a young and eager rider like Darryn join them, as Fabio and Franky did before him.

"For Yamaha, the primary mission of the satellite team is developing future MotoGP talents. Darryn has already shown on numerous occasions what he's made of in the Moto3 class. We know he is a fast and determined rider who has got what it takes to battle at the front of the pack. Obviously, the step up to MotoGP is significant and will take some adjusting, but we feel that he's ready, and Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team will fully support him for this new and exciting challenge."

Sources: Yamaha, MotoGP, The South African

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