Brad Binder converted pole position into his second Moto2 victory of the season on a bittersweet afternoon for KTM at Aragon. The South African broke away in the closing stages to take a commanding victory but team-mate Miguel Oliveira lost crucial ground to title rival Francesco Bagnaia after finishing a lowly seventh, five places behind the series leader.
KTM’s hopes of victory rested on Binder’s shoulders from the moment qualifying came to a conclusion, with Oliveira only 18th on the grid, but the 2016 Moto3 champion wasn’t going to be afforded a clear path to 25 points with Alex Marquez snatching an early lead. With a queue of riders forming behind him, the pressure finally told on the Spaniard with seven laps to go as Binder barged through at turn 12, making slight contact with the Marc VDS rider on the way through.
Binder’s supreme consistency of race pace saw Marquez slip back immediately, the no.73 falling back into the clutches of Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri. At the start of lap 19, Bagnaia dived through into second at turn one but the delay in making the move stick had allowed Binder to pull 1.3 seconds clear and that was all the advantage he needed to claim his second win of the season.
Agonisingly, Marquez would be denied the final rostrum spot with Baldassarri edging ahead at the Corkscrew section on the penultimate lap, although fourth place did at least see him register his first points since the summer break. Marcel Schrotter couldn’t convert his front row start into a podium finish either, winding up fifth ahead of the second Marc VDS Kalex of Joan Mir.
Oliveira found life difficult on his way through the field, especially with the tight first corner preventing him from making his customary lightning start. The Portuguese rider finished half a second behind Mir in seventh while Mattia Pasini pipped Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, the latter failing to recover from a disastrous start which cost him 11 places.
Moto2 Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon (Result)
|1||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||39:59.247|
|2||42. Francesco Bagnaia||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||+1.526|
|3||7. Lorenzo Baldassarri||Kalex||Pons HP40||+2.055|
|4||73. Alex Marquez||Kalex||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||+2.396|
|5||23. Marcel Schrotter||Kalex||Dynavolt Intact GP||+5.850|
|6||36. Joan Mir||Kalex||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||+6.205|
|7||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+6.741|
|8||54. Mattia Pasini||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+9.650|
|9||20. Fabio Quartararo||Speed Up||MB Conveyors - Speed Up||+9.746|
|10||9. Jorge Navarro||Kalex||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||+9.848|
|11||10. Luca Marini||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||+11.568|
|12||24. Simone Corsi||Kalex||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+13.786|
|13||40. Augusto Fernandez||Kalex||Pons HP40||+17.856|
|14||27. Iker Lecuona||KTM||Swiss Innovative Investors||+19.232|
|15||45. Tetsuta Nagashima||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||+21.258|
|16||5. Andrea Locatelli||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+21.393|
|17||57. Edgar Pons||Kalex||AGR Team||+26.553|
|18||4. Steven Odendaal||NTS||NTS RW Racing GP||+27.747|
|19||87. Remy Gardner||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+28.339|
|20||22. Sam Lowes||KTM||Swiss Innovative Investors||+31.826|
|21||77. Dominique Aegerter||KTM||Kiefer Racing||+32.214|
|22||66. Niki Tuuli||Kalex||SIC Racing Team||+34.961|
|23||2. Jesko Raffin||Kalex||SAG Team||+36.569|
|24||16. Joe Roberts||NTS||NTS RW Racing GP||+37.143|
|25||64. Bo Bendsneyder||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+42.222|
|26||95. Jules Danilo||Kalex||Nashi Argan SAG Team||+53.557|
|27||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||+53.675|
|28||18. Xavi Cardelus||Kalex||Marinelli Snipers Team||+1:14.999|
|NC||97. Xavi Vierge||Kalex||Dynavolt Intact GP||+7 Laps|
|NC||21. Federico Fuligni||Kalex||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+7 Laps|
|NC||52. Danny Kent||Speed Up||MB Conveyors - Speed Up||+18 Laps|
|NC||12. Sheridan Morais||Kalex||Willi Race Racing Team||+18 Laps|
|NC||62. Stefano Manzi||Suter||Forward Racing Team||+20 Laps|