Binder on the Brink after Misano Victory

Brad Binder can clinch the Moto3 world championship at the next round in Aragon after winning the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The South African denied Enea Bastianini after a race-long battle to extend his lead to 106 points, meaning a top two finish next time out will see him crowned Moto3 champion with four races to spare.

In 2016, Moto3 races have been characterised by large leading groups but Sunday’s race was slightly different as an accident for Jorge Navarro caused a split in a ten-rider pack. The Spaniard was running third when the rear end of his Estrella Galicia Honda stepped out at turn fourteen, high-siding him and taking him out of the Grand Prix.

Binder and Bastianini were on the right side of the split and opened up a one-second advantage over the chase group being led by Joan Mir and Nicolo Bulega. With no other rivals to worry about, a cagey battle between the two ensued with Bastianini hitting the front five laps from home. Binder’s superior tactics ultimately made the difference though as the Ajo rider waited until five corners from the chequered flag to make his move, diving past the Gresini Honda and fending off a last corner lunge to take victory number five of 2016.

The fight for third also went down to the wire and Mir looked to have missed his chance when race direction ordered him to let Bulega through, the Leopard rider having exceeded track limits one time too many. The Spaniard recovered though and regained third a lap and a half from home, ensuring he would beat his former CEV rival to the last rostrum spot.

Jakub Kornfeil rode an excellent race to fifth ahead of Andrea Locatelli on the second Leopard KTM while Aron Canet salvaged seventh on the sole remaining Estrella Galicia bike. Philipp Oettl was eighth ahead of Hiroki Ono while Fabio Di Giannantonio rounded out the top ten.


Moto3 GP TIM Di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (Race Result)

141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo39:37.55625
233. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto3+0.26220
336. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing+1.41616
48. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1.53413
584. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+4.27811
655. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+4.38710
744. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+4.8119
865. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+5.5828
976. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia+6.2597
104. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+10.8966
1123. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+13.9395
1258. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+14.0914
1311. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+14.1033
1495. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+14.8102
1516. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+14.8681
1662. Stefano ManziMahindraMahindra Racing+23.292
1748. Lorenzo Dalla PortaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+23.349
1820. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+23.523
1912. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+31.140
2017. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+35.145
2121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraGaviota Mahindra Aspar+35.170
2289. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+35.409
237. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+35.467
2477. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+48.285
253. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+56.451
2643. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+56.486
NC40. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+4 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+8 Laps
NC42. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+10 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+16 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+17 Laps
NC6. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team+22 Laps
NC64. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+23 Laps
NC71. Alex FabbriMahindraMinimoto Portomaggiore+23 Laps
NS88. Jorge MartinMahindraGaviota Mahindra AsparInjured