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Brno Moto3: McPhee scores maiden win as Binder crashes

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Brno Moto3: McPhee scores maiden win as Binder crashes
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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.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 17  John McPhee  Peugeot 45'36.087
2 88  Jorge Martin  Mahindra 8.806
3 4  Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 9.777
4 33  Enea Bastianini  Honda 10.654
5 23  Niccolo Antonelli  Honda 13.872
6 84  Jakub Kornfeil  Honda 15.533
7 64  Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 15.819
8 36  Joan Mir  KTM 16.289
9 8  Nicolo Bulega  KTM 16.473
10 9  Jorge Navarro  Honda 16.681
11 95  Jules Danilo  Honda 18.198
12 16  Andrea Migno  KTM 21.640
13 24  Tatsuki Suzuki  Mahindra 31.007
14 11  Livio Loi  Honda 36.895
15 65  Philipp Ottl  KTM 43.651
16 98  Karel Hanika  KTM 57.814
17 19  Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 1'01.428
18 42  Marcos Ramirez  Mahindra 1'04.134
19 6  Maria Herrera  KTM 1'27.585
20 76  Hiroki Ono  Honda 1'27.997
21 20  Fabio Quartararo  KTM 1'33.942
22 3  Fabio Spiranelli  Mahindra 1'34.610
23 58  Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 1'34.942
24 77  Lorenzo Petrarca  Mahindra 2'08.319
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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Series Moto3
Event Brno
Location Brno Circuit
Author Jamie Klein