Brad Binder, who made history with KTM's first MotoGP victory at Brno last season, has signed a three-year contract extension to remain with the Austrian factory until at least the end of 2024.

By then, the South African will have been a KTM grand prix rider for ten seasons.

Binder, currently team-mate to fellow RC16 race winner Miguel Oliveira, is eighth in this year's world championship, matching his best finish of fifth last Sunday at Mugello.

“I’m super, super happy to have signed again for three more seasons with KTM and it will take us up to ten years," Binder said. "It’s incredible to have been with this manufacturer for such a long time now and we’ve always had a good relationship.

"I’m extremely happy in KTM colors so it’s extra satisfying to have a long contract signed-up. It’s cool to have that belief and support from a company. It’s an honour.

"From here on we can focus on building ourselves towards the front. We are not terribly far away, and it would be really nice to do something great together. It’s exciting to see what these next years will bring.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director added: “This was a very easy contract for us to do because we love Brad as a racer and what he brings to the team, the factory and the MotoGP class.

"He was also very enthusiastic to make a big commitment to us and that says a lot for our progression and our potential in this championship.

"Sometimes you find a racer and a mentality that really fits with your own philosophy and the fact that Brad has come all the way to the top with us in a ten year period is a very special story. We’re really proud to continue racing with him and to keep setting new targets together.”

Binder's lengthy deal will expire at the same time as Marc Marquez, who signed a four-year contract extension with Honda at the start of last year.

Oliveira's current contract is thought to expire in 2022, but with multiple options in place for renewal.