Binder Beats Mir in Phillip Island Photo Finish

by Louis Suddaby
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Brad Binder held off Joan Mir to win a thrilling Australian Grand Prix as the championship battle took a back-seat at Phillip Island. The South African claimed his third victory of the season for KTM while title challengers Miguel Oliveira and Francesco Bagnaia languished down in 11th and 12th respectively, moving the Sky VR46 rider a step closer to the crown.

For the pre-race favourites, the race unravelled immediately with Marcel Schrotter forced to give up his place on the middle of the front row when his Kalex wouldn’t start. The German was forced to start from the rear of the grid but Mattia Pasini, who had started at the very front, wouldn’t last much longer than a single lap, crashing out a turn four.

A leading group of eight was forming at the front, leaving Oliveira and Bagnaia trailing, but the pack would lose a key protagonist with three laps remaining as Lorenzo Baldassarri tumbled at MG. Binder chose this moment to attack, taking the lead from Xavi Vierge, and the South African rode an immaculate final lap to hold off the fast-closing Mir who stormed through to second.

The fight for the final rostrum position went all the way to the chequered flag with surprise challenger Augusto Fernandez becoming embroiled in a physical battle with Vierge. Ultimately, the slipstream out of the last corner saw Xavi prevail by eight thousandths of a second, although fourth was still a career-best result for the Pons rider.

Luca Marini was fifth ahead of Dominique Aegerter and Alex Marquez while Jesko Raffin rode a fine race to finish eighth. Despite his start-line drama, Marcel Schrotter produced a heroic ride to take ninth while Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top ten, just ahead of the under-par championship rivals.


Moto2 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Result)

141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo39:23.427
236. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+0.036
397. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+0.949
440. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+0.957
510. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+1.767
677. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+2.482
773. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+3.759
82. Jesko RaffinKalexSAG Team+4.850
923. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+6.250
1020. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpMB Conveyors - Speed Up+7.453
1144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+8.675
1242. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+9.725
1345. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+9.787
1422. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+11.209
1557. Edgar PonsSpeed UpMB Conveyors - Speed Up+14.076
1689. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+15.350
174. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+15.396
1816. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+23.230
1924. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+33.736
205. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+42.324
2167. Bryan StaringTech 3Tech 3 Racing+52.297
227. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+1:03.888
NC18. Xavi CardelusKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+11 Laps
NC87. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+12 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+17 Laps
NC27. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+19 Laps
NC21. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+19 Laps
NC95. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+21 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing Team+21 Laps
NC54. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+24 Laps
NS62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing TeamInjured
NS66. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing TeamInjured

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