Brad Binder showed the class of a champion once again to claim victory in an Australian Grand Prix punctuated by a succession of multiple rider pile-ups. The South African eased to a comfortable win ahead of Andrea Locatelli but a four-rider accident which brought out the red flag midway through overshadowed proceedings.
The first incident came at the second corner with five riders tangling at the Southern Loop including GP winners Khairul Idham Pawi and Joan Mir, as well as Aron Canet. Front-row qualifier Nicolo Bulega crashed out himself moments later and to complete a disastrous sequence of laps for the rookies, Fabio Di Giannantonio was wiped out at MG by the aggressive Gabriel Rodrigo.
The same tight hairpin would also see the incident which halted the Grand Prix when John McPhee losing the front end of his Peugeot coming over Lukey Heights. Andrea Migno and Enea Bastianini were powerless to avoid the Scotsman while Jorge Navarro was also held up by the mayhem, clattering into the unfortunate Bastianini. Race direction were left with no option but to stop the race and once all riders were found to be conscious, attention turned to an upcoming ten lap sprint to the finish.
The second part of the race proved to be a procession for Binder with most of his regular rivals eliminated in part one and the world champion cruised to victory ahead of Locatelli who gave Leopard some cheer after Fabio Quartararo was relegated to the back of the grid for an illegal ECU setting in qualifying, a penalty that applied to both parts of the race.
Despite crashing twice in part one, Aron Canet was rewarded for keeping his Honda running as he snatched the last podium spot in part two, edging out Darryn Binder, younger brother of Brad. Livio Loi was fifth ahead of Jorge Martin while Spanish rookie Marcos Ramirez finished a superb seventh on the second Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra.
Hiroki Ono claimed eighth spot ahead of Jules Danilo while Bo Bendsneyder rounded out the top ten, just 0.764s off the rostrum.
Moto3 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Race Result)
|1||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||16:22.009||25|
|2||55. Andrea Locatelli||KTM||Leopard Racing||+5.937||20|
|3||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+9.594||16|
|4||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+9.642||13|
|5||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP BV||+9.680||11|
|6||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra||+9.750||10|
|7||42. Marcos Ramirez||Mahindra||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+9.996||9|
|8||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+10.115||8|
|9||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+10.142||7|
|10||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+10.358||6|
|11||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||+10.447||5|
|12||20. Fabio Quartararo||KTM||Leopard Racing||+10.569||4|
|13||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||+10.682||3|
|14||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||+10.979||2|
|15||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||MH6 Team||+13.763||1|
|16||12. Albert Arenas||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+13.821|
|17||77. Lorenzo Petrarca||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||+28.297|
|18||3. Fabio Spiranelli||Mahindra||CIP-Unicom Starker||+42.036|
|19||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+50.454|
|20||14. Matt Barton||FTR Honda||Suus Honda||+1:23.446|
|NC||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+1 Lap|
|NC||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+1 Lap|
|NC||43. Stefano Valtulini||Mahindra||3570 Team Italia||+2 Laps|
|NC||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+10 Laps|
|NS||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46|
|NS||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46|
|NS||17. John McPhee||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint|
|NS||36. Joan Mir||KTM||Leopard Racing|
|NS||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra|
|NS||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda||Honda Team Asia|
|NS||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3|
|NS||4. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Gresini Racing Moto3|
|NS||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA Racing Team|
|NS||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Honda||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team|