Silverstone Moto3: Binder edges closer to title with victory

Silverstone Moto3: Binder edges closer to title with victory

Brad Binder took his fourth Moto3 victory of the season at Silverstone, and extended his championship lead to 86 points as main rival Jorge Navarro crashed out.

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Francesco Bagnaia, Aspar Team Mahindra
Francesco Bagnaia, Aspar Team Mahindra

Starting on the front row, Binder spent the whole race fighting within the leading group.

He was leading with two laps to go, but was demoted by Red Bull Ajo teammate Bo Bendsneyder, who started the final lap in the lead.

However, the South African slipstreamed his way past at Stowe and completed the final lap to win.

Pole-sitter and early race leader Francesco Bagnaia also passed Bendsneyder to take second, 0.183s behind Binder at the finsh - the Mahindra rider claiming his fifth podium finish of the season.

Bendsneyder, on the other hand, celebrated his first top three finish, just a tenth further back.

Wildcard Mahindra entrant Stefano Manzi had the standout race of his career in fourth, with 12th being his previous top result.

The 17-year-old Italian started from 34th, but worked his way up to be part of the leading group in the second part of the race.

Manzi's race wasn't without controversy however, as he was involved in a late-race incident with Navarro, as the duo touched when the Spaniard attempted to overtake him at Vale.

The contact resulted in Navarro falling, all but ending his title hopes, and collecting Andrea Migno.

Sky Racing Team's Niccolo Bulega took fifth ahead of fellow Italians Fabio Di Giannantonio, Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, the latter settling for eighth despite fighting at the front in the beginning.

Spaniards Aron Canet and Joan Mir completed a tightly bunched top 10 split by just 1.193s.

Behind Binder, the race for second in the points is now hotting up, with Navarro (118) holding a narrow advantage over Bagnaia (110), Bastianini (102) and Bulega (100).

Race results

1  Brad Binder  KTM 38'39.142  
2  Francesco Bagnaia  Mahindra 38'39.325 0.183
3  Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 38'39.478 0.336
4  Stefano Manzi  Mahindra 38'39.929 0.787
5  Nicolo Bulega  KTM 38'39.944 0.802
6  Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 38'40.025 0.883
7  Niccolo Antonelli  Honda 38'40.062 0.920
8  Enea Bastianini  Honda 38'40.158 1.016
9  Aron Canet  Honda 38'40.551 1.409
10  Joan Mir  KTM 38'40.335 1.193
11  Jorge Martin  Mahindra 38'40.766 1.624
12  Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 38'41.542 2.400
13  Philipp Ottl  KTM 38'47.727 8.585
14  Jules Danilo  Honda 38'51.949 12.807
15  Andrea Locatelli  KTM 38'51.981 12.839
16  Jakub Kornfeil  Honda 38'52.027 12.885
17  Juan Francisco Guevara KTM 38'52.316 13.174
18  John McPhee  Peugeot 38'52.358 13.216
19  Lorenzo Dalla Porta  KTM 38'52.468 13.326
20  Hiroki Ono  Honda 38'56.105 16.963
21  Livio Loi  Honda 39'11.539 32.397
22  Darryn Binder  Mahindra 39'18.267 39.125
23  Khairul Idham Pawi  Honda 39'18.282 39.140
24  Adam Norrodin  Honda 39'18.399 39.257
25  Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 39'18.556 39.414
26  Tatsuki Suzuki  Mahindra 39'18.658 39.516
27  Maria Herrera  KTM 39'18.856 39.714
28  Fabio Spiranelli  Mahindra 39'30.821 51.679
29  Lorenzo Petrarca  Mahindra 39'49.012 1'09.870
30  Andrea Migno  KTM 40'11.882 1'32.740
   Jorge Navarro  Honda 34'07.398 2 Laps
   Stefano Valtulini  Mahindra 35'44.717 2 Laps
   Marcos Ramirez  Mahindra 32'48.589 3 Laps
   Fabio Quartararo  KTM 11'34.027 12 Laps
   Albert Arenas  Peugeot    
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Series Moto3
Event Silverstone
Location Silverstone
Drivers Brad Binder
Teams Ajo Motorsport
Author David Gruz