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The Grand Premio D'Italia - Magical Mugello

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 5:40 AM


The eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland was certainly the unluckiest race for Brad Binder, who has already had more than his share of bad luck this season.


After a cautious start, Brad was in 4th position battling for what could have been a magnificent Top 5 finish in very hard conditions, when the bike suddenly started to slow down and finally broke down with 5 laps to go.


Nevertheless, Brad's ready for the last of 3 back-to-back races : the Grand Premio D'Italia.


The Italian round won't be an easy one not only because his rivals are hungrier than ever, but also because of the terribly hot weather the riders will find in Tuscany. Brad isn't too worried though, being used to South African high temperatures and to training hard in tough conditions.


Brad Binder: " I'm really looking forward to Mugello because it's a great track and the atmosphere is amazing.  I'm still very disappointed about the last race!  If the bike didn't break down I probably would have had a Top 5 finish in my pocket which would have brought me many points, but life goes on and so does the Championship, so I must stay focused. This weekend me and my crew will do our best as always to try to get a good result!"


Mugello is situated 30km north east of Florence in the scenic countryside of Tuscany.  Mugello was bought be Ferrari in 1988, it is 5.245km and has a reputation for being one of the world’s most up to date, safest and beautiful circuits.  Mugello is an incredibly challenging circuit, with a blend of slow and fast turns, sweeping curves, long straights and off camber corners.


As the world joins in celebration with South Africans to honour Nelson Mandela on his 94thBirthday on the 18thJuly, Brad Binder will have his birthday message for Madiba on the grid at the Grand Premio D'Italia.  Brad will also be joining in the Mandela Day Celebrations when he returns to SA after the Mugello GP.


“The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community. Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.” Nelson Mandela International Day


Brad Binder is a proud supporter of Stop Rhino Poaching. R5 from the sale of every 2012 Bradical Designer Racing Shirt goes to the Stop Rhino Poaching Campaign. When Brad is home after Mugello, he looks forward to visiting Elise and her Team and presenting them with the first cheque from the sale of his shirts to date.


Brad has chosen to spend his 67 minutes of community service with The Sunflower Fund.  “The Sunflower Fund aims to educate and recruit a viable source of well informed potential bone marrow stem cell donors who are ethnically diverse, in an effort to save the lives of those suffering from life-threatening blood disorders. It strives to maintain the associated donor records of the South African Bone Marrow Registry.”

Brad is still too young to be a donor himself – you need to be 18, however, Brad has committed to joining the registry on his 18thbirthday.  Brad will be visiting the Johannesburg office of The Sunflower Fund while at home in SA, he will be photographed wearing the 2012 Sunflower Fund Bandana and he will be learning more about where he can assist showing the youth that they can make a difference.  Brad will be making himself available to The Sunflower Fund for functions and events when he is in SA and especially to youngsters suffering with leukaemia and other life threating blood disorders who love bikes as much as he does.


Said Lauren Corlett – Regional PR and Communications Manager Gauteng:  “So great to hear that Brad is really committed, we certainly always looking for role models, please do thank him on our behalf!  We would absolutely adore Brad to join The Registry as soon as he turns 18 years old. He is a dynamic young man with a following of note, so this would be an incredible opportunity to show the youth that they too can make a huge difference!"


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