Australian Moto3: Binder wins crash-affected race at Phillip Island

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Australian Moto3: Binder wins crash-affected race at Phillip Island
Darshan Chokhani
By: Darshan Chokhani
Oct 23, 2016, 3:26 AM

Reigning Moto3 champion Brad Binder cruised to his sixth win of the season at Phillip Island, unfazed by a red flag interrupting the race.

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Adam Norrodin, Drive M7 SIC Racing Team
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Andrea Locatelli, Leopard Racing, Moto3
Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Darryn Binder, Platinum Bay Real Estate
Livio Loi, RW Racing GP BV
Darryn Binder, Platinum Bay Real Estate
John McPhee, Peugeot MC Saxoprint
Jorge Martin, Aspar Team Mahindra Moto3
Podium: race winner Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo, second place Andrea Locatelli, Leopard Racing, third place Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0
Jorge Martin, Aspar Team Mahindra Moto3
Maria Herrera, MH6 Laglisse

Starting from pole, the South African kept his cool all through the red-flagged and then restarted race, keeping a good buffer out front ahead of his closest rival Andrea Locatelli.

Meanwhile, the battle for the final podium position heated up in the closing laps of the shortened 10-lap dash after the restart, with as many as 16 riders involved in the tussle in a usual Moto3-style race.

Not that it was any concern to Binder, as the 2016 champion took a dominant win over Locatelli with 5.937s separating the two over the finish line.

A fair way back, and after a number of changes, it came down to Aron Canet and the winner’s brother Darryn Binder on the final lap for third.

Despite the valiant effort from Darryn after his Lap 1 crash, the Platinum Bay rider lost out on the finish line with Canet slipstreaming past the South African – the two separated by mere 0.048s.

Behind the Top 4, Livio Loi finished fifth with Aspar Mahindra’s Jorge Martin sixth, the Spanish rider also making progress having after stalling on the restart.

Meanwhile, Marcos Ramirez made it a brilliant day for the Platinum Bay team, taking his first championship points in seventh, having run as high as third.

Hiroki Ono was eighth followed by Jules Danilo and  Bo Bendsneyder.

Red flag halts proceedings

The race was stopped after the first five laps, a manic start seeing 14 riders crashing out, including two major pile-ups.

The start saw Darryn Binder, Joan Mir and Khairul Idham Pawi colliding on Lap 1, with the latter two retiring, while Darryn managing to continue in the race.

The incident saw Pawi’s Honda destroyed and the Malaysian rider is believed to be a non-starter in next weekend’s Sepang race with the bike beyond repair.

Few laps on, Nicolo Bulega also crashed out from the lead group and the following lap saw Fabio di Giannantonio, Francesco Bagnaia retiring after the former got hit by Gabriel Rodrigo.

With di Giannantonio having nowhere to go, the Italian touched with fellow countryman Bagnaia, taking him out in the process.

The final clash, which brought out the red flag saw Peugeot’s John McPhee falling with Enea Bastianini and Andrea Migno also crashing, trying to avoid the Briton.

In what looked like an awful hit, Bastianini ran over McPhee – but fortunately all riders were later cleared as being conscious.

Medical checks continue for the Scottish rider, although early reports suggest that he is conscious and moving his legs and arms.

PosRiderBikeTimeGap
1   Brad Binder  KTM 16'22.009  
2   Andrea Locatelli  KTM 16'27.946 5.937
3   Aron Canet  Honda 16'31.603 9.594
4   Darryn Binder  Mahindra 16'31.651 9.642
5   Livio Loi  Honda 16'31.689 9.680
6   Jorge Martin  Mahindra 16'31.759 9.750
7   Marcos Ramirez  Mahindra 16'32.005 9.996
8   Hiroki Ono  Honda 16'32.124 10.115
9   Jules Danilo  Honda 16'32.151 10.142
10   Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 16'32.367 10.358
11   Adam Norrodin  Honda 16'32.456 10.447
12   Fabio Quartararo  KTM 16'32.578 10.569
13   Tatsuki Suzuki  Mahindra 16'32.691 10.682
14   Philipp Ottl  KTM 16'32.988 10.979
15   Maria Herrera  KTM 16'35.772 13.763
16   Albert Arenas  Peugeot 16'35.830 13.821
17   Lorenzo Petrarca  Mahindra 16'50.306 28.297
18   Fabio Spiranelli  Mahindra 17'04.045 42.036
19   Lorenzo dalla Porta  KTM 17'12.463 50.454
20   Matt Barton  FTR Honda 17'45.455 1'23.446
    Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 14'53.651 1 Lap
    Jorge Navarro  Honda 14'54.470 1 Lap
    Stefano Valtulini  Mahindra 13'29.845 2 Laps
    Niccolo Antonelli  Honda    
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Series Moto3
Event Phillip Island
Location Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Author Darshan Chokhani
Article type Race report