South African Moto3 star Darryn Binder will follow in brother Brad’s footsteps as he joins the Red Bull KTM squad in 2018.
Binder will be Aki Ajo’s sole rider in the main series but the team will field Turkish twin brothers Can and Deniz Öncü in the Junior World Championship.
"First of all, I have to say that it is an honour to be able to continue with partners such as Red Bull and KTM, and to extend our great collaboration,” said Ajo.
In the FIM Moto3 World Championship, where we have achieved the title together and great results since 2012, we welcome Darryn to our team. For us, he has been part of the family for a long time, as the brother of Brad and someone who has spent a lot of time in our garage. He is a rider who has already demonstrated his quality in the World Championship and we are sure that next year he can take another step forward and be in the fight for the top positions regularly.
“With this new development project in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, we will build – with the experience of Red Bull, KTM, and the Ajo Academy – on our successful history of supporting young talents. Expanding the Moto2 and Moto3 structure to the Junior World Championship is a challenge. Aged just 14 years old, Can and Deniz have already demonstrated their innate talent in competitions like the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
“We all have a lot of confidence in them and hope that with us they will learn and continue their training as riders, which is the main objective. With hard work, results will surely follow.
I want to thank Red Bull, KTM, Dorna and all the partners once again, as well as all the parties involved, for enabling us to participate in this exciting project."