Le Mans Moto3: Binder outduels Fenati to extend championship lead

Brad Binder took his second consecutive Moto3 victory, passing Romano Fenati on the penultimate lap to triumph at Le Mans.

Le Mans Moto3: Binder outduels Fenati to extend championship lead

The South African first took the lead on the opening lap, stealing it from pole-sitter Niccolo Antonelli.

However, Binder then fell behind Fenati, who passed both him and Antonelli with a single move at the Dunlop chicane.

While Antonelli soon dropped outside the top five, Binder and Fenati traded positions on several occasions in the first half of the race.

And it was Fenati out front when Aron Canet, the first of the two Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders able to keep up with the leading duo, stole second from Binder.

The rookie could only hold on to second for a lap before dropping back to fourth with teammate Jorge Navarro then also passing Binder.

However, the South African was back in second for the final four laps and managed to overtake Fenati on the penultimate lap to cross the line first.

Fenati had to settle for second just ahead of Navarro and Canet, the latter nearly crashing into his teammate at the final turn.

Nicolo Bulega, who bogged down at the start, led another quarter of riders to recover in fifth, followed by Fabio Quartararo, Andrea Migno and Antonelli.

Jakub Kornfeil had to settle for ninth after running wide from fifth, as Andrea Locatelli completed the top 10.

Race results

Pos.RiderBikeTime
1 South AfricaBrad Binder KTM RC 250 GP 41:31.041
2 ItalyRomano Fenati KTM RC 250 GP +0.099
3 SpainJorge Navarro Honda NSF250RW +0.387
4 SpainAron Canet Honda NSF250RW +1.354
5 ItalyNicolo Bulega KTM RC 250 GP +7.147
6 FranceFabio Quartararo KTM RC 250 GP +7.616
7 ItalyAndrea Migno KTM RC 250 GP +8.016
8 ItalyNiccolo Antonelli Honda NSF250RW +8.457
9 Czech RepublicJakub Kornfeil Honda NSF250RW +9.850
10 ItalyAndrea Locatelli KTM RC 250 GP +9.926
11 BelgiumLivio Loi Honda NSF250RW +12.293
12 ItalyFrancesco Bagnaia Mahindra MGP30 +13.738
13 SpainJuan Francisco Guevara KTM RC 250 GP +13.511
14 MalaysiaKhairul Idham Pawi Honda NSF250RW +13.907
15 JapanTatsuki Suzuki Mahindra MGP30 +14.382
16 NetherlandsBo Bendsneyder KTM RC 250 GP +20.915
17 ItalyFabio Di Giannantonio Honda NSF250RW +21.229
18 SpainJorge Martin Mahindra MGP30 +24.091
19 FranceAlexis Masbou Peugeot MGP30 +38.782
20 United KingdomJohn McPhee Peugeot MGP30 +38.852
21 SpainMaria Herrera KTM RC 250 GP +38.986
22 ItalyStefano Valtulini Mahindra MGP30 +54.550
23 ItalyFabio Spiranelli Mahindra MGP30 +1:03.526
24 ItalyLorenzo Petrarca Mahindra MGP30 +1:03.593
25 SpainJoan Mir KTM RC 250 GP +1:05.491
R Gabriel Rodrigo KTM RC 250 GP  
R FranceEnzo Boulom KTM RC 250 GP  
R Hiroki Ono Honda NSF250RW  
R Darryn Binder Mahindra MGP30  
R Philipp Oettl KTM RC 250 GP  
R Jules Danilo Honda NSF250RW  
R Karel Hanika Mahindra MGP30  
R Adam Norrodin Honda NSF250RW  
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