Brno Moto3: McPhee scores maiden win as Binder crashes
John McPhee took a first ever Grand Prix victory in a wet Moto3 race at Brno, taking advantage of a late crash for points leader Brad Binder to cross the finish line with 10 seconds in hand over his closest rival.
RTG Peugeot rider McPhee was never threatened for the lead once poleman Binder - who was 1.7s in the clear - lost the front end at Turn 1 with five laps remaining.
A crash for wet-weather specialist Khairul Idham Pawi moments later gifted McPhee a 10 second lead over Jorge Martin in second, which he duly converted into his first win on his 76th Grand Prix start.
"I can't even explain it, it's the best feeling in the world," said the Scottish rider, who saved a big moment with three laps to go. "Absolutely delighted, really happy."
Poleman Binder retook the top spot from early leader Martin at the start of the sixth lap, as a lead quartet consisting of the pair, along with McPhee and Aron Canet, emerged at the head of the field.
Canet crashed out on lap 8, as Martin gradually lost touch with the leading duo of Binder and McPhee, falling into the clutches of Pawi - who had climbed from a lowly 28th place on the grid.
Binder started to pull away from McPhee at the halfway stage as Pawi held a comfortable third, unable to repeat the heroics of his Argentina and Germany, before both he and Binder fell.
Behind McPhee, whose winning margin was 8.806s, Aspar Mahindra rider Martin secured his first Grand Prix podium in second, effectively making it a one-two for the Indian marque - which runs identical bikes to Peugeot.
Less than a second behind Martin was Gresini's Fabio di Giannantonio, who secured his third rostrum finish in six races.
Enea Bastianini, who had started second but suffered a horrendous opening few laps, recovered to fourth, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, local man Jakub Kornfeil and Binder's Ajo KTM teammate Bo Bendsneyder.
Austria winner Joan Mir, Niccolo Bulega and Jorge Navarro completed the top 10, the latter having ran sixth before a late slump.
Binder still holds a 61-point advantage over Navarro in the standings despite his failure to score, ahead of Bastianini, Romano Fenati - absent following his expulsion from Sky Racing Team VR46 - and Francesco Bagnaia, who failed to score after crashing out.
|3||4||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||9.777|
|23||58||Juan Francisco Guevara||KTM||1'34.942|
|Ret||55||Andrea Locatelli||KTM||3 Laps|
|Ret||41||Brad Binder||KTM||5 Laps|
|Ret||89||Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda||5 Laps|
|Ret||43||Stefano Valtulini||Mahindra||5 Laps|
|Ret||40||Darryn Binder||Mahindra||6 Laps|
|Ret||21||Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||7 Laps|
|Ret||12||Albert Arenas||Peugeot||8 Laps|
|Ret||7||Adam Norrodin||Honda||10 Laps|
|Ret||44||Aron Canet||Honda||11 Laps|
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