Bastianini Denies Binder on Last Lap in Japan

Enea Bastianini finally ended his wait for a second career victory by defeating Brad Binder in a thrilling last lap battle at Motegi. The Italian got the better of the newly crowned world champion to become Moto3’s ninth different winner of the season, putting him in pole position to end the campaign as championship runner-up.

Bastianini went into today’s race four points behind Jorge Navarro in the race for second spot but the Spaniard didn’t make it too far into the Grand Prix, making contact with Joan Mir at the very first corner and crashing out. The Estrella Galicia rider was collected by Gabriel Rodrigo and John McPhee, suffering a dislocated shoulder in the process, and his participation in the remaining flyaway races is now in doubt.

Binder grabbed a first lap lead from polesitter Andrea Migno and while the Sky VR46 rider disputed second place with Bastianini for lap after lap, the world champion calmly led the way. With six laps remaining, Binder enjoyed a 0.7s lead but before the slipstream was broken, Bastianini finally broke away from the pack behind, enabling him to launch a last lap assault on the South African.

Under braking for the downhill turn eleven, Bastianini dived for the inside and judged his move to perfection, easing Binder aside and although the KTM was locked into his slipstream on the run to the finish line, Bastianini held on to win by 0.017s.

Migno fell into the clutches of home favourite Hiroki Ono and when a last lap move at turn eight backfired, sending the pole-man to the floor, Ono was clear to claim his maiden Moto3 rostrum. In a heartbreaking development post-race though, the Team Asia Honda failed to meet the minimum weight, handing the podium place to Nicolo Bulega. Just behind, Philipp Oettl pipped Fabio Di Giannantonio for fourth.

Francesco Bagnaia ran with the leading group early on before fading to sixth while Livio Loi beat the Leopard KTMs of Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir for seventh.


Moto3 Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Amended Race Result)

133. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto339:24.27325
241. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.01720
38. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+4.00216
465. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+5.11913
54. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+6.28811
621. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraGaviota Mahindra Aspar+7.73910
711. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+7.7499
820. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+8.3448
936. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing+8.8807
1023. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+9.0376
1148. Lorenzo Dalla PortaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+12.3325
127. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+13.5254
1384. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+18.8183
1412. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+21.2632
1524. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+21.2911
1695. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+21.727
1742. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+34.475
1864. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+39.950
1989. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+40.177
203. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+46.804
2177. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+49.085
2240. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+52.570
236. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team+52.682
2416. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1:16.774
2558. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+1:22.102
2613. Shizuka OkazakiHondaUQ & TELURU KOHARA RT+1:51.623
DQ76. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team AsiaDisqualified
NC88. Jorge MartinMahindraGaviota Mahindra Aspar+10 Laps
NC44. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+11 Laps
NC55. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+16 Laps
NC43. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+17 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+20 Laps
NC17. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+20 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+20 Laps
NS15. Rei SatoHonda41 Planning IodaRacing JapanInjured