The Binder brothers and Steven Odendaal train together
While MotoGP stars train together with WorldSBK and WSSP colleagues in Europe, the South Americans are no exception. With Steven Odendaal, this nation has a particularly hot iron in the fire in the WorldSSP 600 for 2021. The newcomer to the two-time world championship team Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha is currently practicing together with the Binder brothers on their home track. The three drivers competing in completely different classes have rented the track in splendid conditions and are now training there together.
The co-favorite for the WSSP title in 2021 for his test
Odendaal on training in his home country: „A great opportunity to prepare for the 2021 season which is very important to me. The South African weather never disappoints with a track temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius. Having a MotoGP race winner like Brad Binder and his brother Darryn as training partners also means unique preparation for this year’s title hunt, as we were able to push each other on the track. Now I am confident and ready to test with my new team. A quick thank you to Toby Venter, Kyalami Circuit CEO, for the opportunity to practice on a world-class circuit that we hope to see again on the WorldSBK calendar in the near future.“
The hope of a home race – what are the chances?
It is understandable when Odendaal and the Binder Brothers want a Grand Prix in their home country. But due to the all-dominating pandemic and the list of other interested parties, the chance that their wish will come true is minimal. If you look at Dorna’s often alienating policy for new venues, the probability is close to zero. With their choice of routes, which are mostly in countries ravaged by corruption and organized crime, the company itself often got into a wrong light. Examples such as Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico and Hungary, to name just a few questionable patterns.
About current events in scandal-ridden countries
It is already well known that countries with events currently on the calendar such as Austria, the Czech Republic or Thailand are highly corrupt, especially in politics. Qatar was repeatedly in the headlines with thousands of deaths in the construction sites of their stadiums for the Football World Cup. There were moreover reports of the slave-like treatment of temporary workers from Third World countries. In this country, where you can’t get there without a flight, things should, of all things start next month! Fausto Gresini’s death showed again that the pandemic does not stop at motorsport either. Against this background, the start of the World Cup in Losail is simply frightening. Below is the provisional calendar, which in its current form is more reminiscent of a cross-off list. We had already emphasized in the first version of November 6, 2020, that events overseas are nonsensical.
The WorldSBK provisional calendar
Assen has already been postponed to July and the overseas races are waiting as further candidates. Double races are more likely to be expected again than events in front of spectators. This is precisely why many European events also remain as wobbly candidates. Tickets are currently almost not available for any race, which underlines this claim and also applies to MotoGP.