Brad Binder became the fastest MotoGP rider in history - quite literally - during the Italian MotoGP Sprint Race at Mugello after data shows he peaked at an eye-watering, skin peeling 227.4mph (366.1km/h).
The South African endured an eventful race in Italy as he fought back from a tenth place starting position, Binder missing out on points in the end when he was punished with a long lap penalty as a consequence of contact that led to Alex Marquez's retirement.
Though it was a frustrating outcome for the KTM rider's title aspirations, Binder at least came away from the 11-lap encounter with something to show for after clocking the fastest speed ever officially record by a MotoGP bike.
His record was no unexpected having set the third fastest speed of all-time in Q2 alone, while the Sprint Race format - which sees bikes start with lighter fuel loads in a pack where they can benefit from stronger slipstreams - ensured several riders now feature on the all-time ranking as a result of Saturday's encounter.
|Fastest Top Speeds recorded in MotoGP [as of June 2023]|
|1||Brad Binder||RSA||KTM Factory Racing||KTM RC16||366.1km/h [227.4mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|
|2||Enea Bastianini||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati GP23||364.8km/h [226.6mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|
|3=||Jorge Martin||ESP||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati GP23||363.6km/h [225.9mph]||2022||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||GP|
|3=||Maverick Vinales||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia RS-GP||363.6km/h [225.9mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|
|4=||Johann Zarco||FRA||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati GP23||362.4km/h [225.1mph]||2021||Qatar MotoGP, Lusail||FP4|
|4=||Brad Binder||RSA||KTM Factory Racing||KTM RC16||362.4km/h [225.1mph]||2021||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||FP3|
|4=||Brad Binder||RSA||KTM Factory Racing||KTM RC16||362.4km/h [225.1mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||Q2|
|4=||Johann Zarco||FRA||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati GP23||362.4km/h [225.1mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|
|4=||Jack Miller||AUS||KTM Factory Racing||KTM RC16||362.4km/h [225.1mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|
|5=||Johann Zarco||FRA||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati GP23||361.2km/h [224.4mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||FP3|
|5=||Michele Pirro||ITA||Aruba Racing||Ducati GP23||361.2km/h [224.4mph]||2023||Italian MotoGP, Mugello||SPR|