Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin loses seat at KTM Tech3

It looks like Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin’s run at MotoGP comes to an end in 2020, with his place in Red Bull KTM Tech 3 taken by Brad Binder. Binder, who currently rides for the KTM Moto2 factory team, is currently eighth in the Moto2 championship standings.

Hafizh competed in Moto2 before moving up to MotoGP in 2018 with Tech3 under the mentorship of team principal Herve Poncheral. After moving to KTM from Yamaha, Tech3 has shown mixed fortunes in racing, despite Hafizh competing strongly for MotoGP Rookie of the Year in 2018, won by Franco Morbidelli.

Both KTM and Hafizh have remained tight-lipped about his future plans, but the Malaysian rider is set to leave MotoGP at the end of 2019. While the game of musical chairs for the 2020 MotoGP season has yet to start, it is likely Hafizh will return to Moto2.

Binder, who hails from South Africa, recently tookback-to-back second places at Assen and Sachsenring and is currently eighth in the Moto2 world championship. He is the only KTM rider in the top 15 of the Moto2 riders’ standings following the Austrian brand’s tough start to 2019.

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