Binder Wins in Valencia after Stunning Comeback


Brad Binder came back from 22nd to win the Valencia Grand Prix in an extraordinary finish to his championship-winning campaign. The South African looked to have fallen out of contention when his engine cut out on lap two, dropping him five seconds off the lead, but the world champion produced a staggering comeback to beat rookie-of-the-year Joan Mir.

All eyes were on another rookie at the start of the race but polesitter Aron Canet’s dream quickly turned into a nightmare when he stalled his Honda on the grid. The local rider was subsequently pushed off the grid, leaving Mir to take up the early running ahead of Andrea Migno and the Gresini teammates Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Binder had been part of that leading group but the engine of his Red Bull Ajo KTM appeared to cut out on lap two, forcing him to pull off the racing line. The world champion soon picked up the pace again as his machine returned to full health but he was now five seconds off the lead in 22nd, leaving him with a mountain to climb.

Within four laps, five of those positions had been reclaimed and at the end of lap nine, Brad was into the top ten and embroiled in the chase group which were steadily closing on the leaders. Mir’s spell in front was broken at half distance as Migno motored past on the home straight but Binder was now a genuine threat again having clawed his way up to fifth, passing Jakub Kornfeil.

The comeback looked to be complete with four laps to go when Binder scythed past Migno for the lead but a mistake at turn two dropped him back to fourth again. The champion made a mockery of the challenge facing him though and a last lap move on Mir, coupled with a mistake from Migno, saw him close out the year with a seventh GP win.

Mir’s second place saw him clinch the rookies title, thanks in part to a pre-race grid penalty which relegated Nicolo Bulega out of point-scoring contention. Migno took the last podium spot ahead of Bastianini and Di Giannantonio while Juanfran Guevara got the better of Kornfeil for sixth. Philipp Oettl was eighth ahead of Jorge Navarro whose slim hopes of finishing as championship runner-up disappeared while Jorge Martin completed the top ten.

 

Moto3 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (Race Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/GapPts
141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo40:13.77725
236. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing+0.05620
316. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.08116
433. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto3+0.14713
54. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+0.71311
658. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+0.89910
784. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+2.6839
865. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+3.1458
99. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+5.2637
1088. Jorge MartinMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra+7.9216
1131. Raul FernandezKTMMH6 Team+8.0815
1240. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+8.2504
1364. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+8.6033
1420. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+9.2932
1511. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+9.3581
1623. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+9.527
178. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+9.652
1824. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+9.950
1944. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+16.838
2055. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+18.712
2176. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia+18.737
2298. Karel HanikaKTMFreudenberg Racing Team+18.976
2363. Vicente PerezPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+19.039
2412. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+24.297
2589. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+24.526
2695. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+25.331
277. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+25.370
2877. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+48.829
2926. Dani SaezKTMGA Competicion+48.861
3099. Enzo BoulomMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+49.282
3143. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+1:12.409
NC42. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+17 Laps
NC48. Lorenzo Dalla PortaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+21 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+24 Laps
NC21. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra+24 Laps