Brad Binder has closed off the Moto3 season in unbelievable fashion after the South African stormed through the field to claim his seventh victory of the season. Joan Mir continued his excellent run of form this season with a impressive second place, taking the rookie of the year title in the process. Andrea Migno completed the podium in third.
Clear skies and hot temperatures greeted the Moto3 riders as they took to the grid for the final race of the season. Disaster struck for pole man Arron Canet as the Spanish rookie stalled his bike on the start line and was forced to push it back into pitlane which he would now start the race from. It was Binder who took the holeshot from Enea Bastianini and Mir. There was more drama on the opening lap as Francesco Bagnaia and Gabriel Rodrigo took eachother out in a huge crash with World Champion Binder also suffering a mysterious problem which dropped him back towards the rear of the field.
Leopard Racing’s Mir got a brilliant start from tenth position and by lap three, he was leading the race and staking his claim for Rookie of the Year 2016. The Mallorcan however had a real fight on his hands as the two Gresini’s of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Bastianini were shadowing him behind.
Just as he was opening a gap, Mir was then penalized for passing under yellow flags earlier in the race, forcing the Spaniard to slow down and give up one position, allowing Andrea Migno to take the race lead. Further down, Binder was now beginning to scythe his way through the field, setting a series of fast laps to latch on to the lead group with ten laps remaining.
The South African wasted no time in getting back to the podium positions over the next three laps, whilst Mir made his way past Migno for the lead. Reminiscent of his fight back from last on the grid in Jerez, Binder stormed to the front with two laps to go. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made a small mistake and dropped back to fourth, however he cruised his way back into first and held off a late challenge from the gallant Mir to take his seventh victory of the season and prove why he is the worthy World Champion.
Mir finished an impressive second and in the process he claimed Rookie of the Year, a deserving reward for a rider who has been consistent throughout the whole season. Migno held off Gresini Racing Team duo Bastianini and Di Giannantonio for the final podium spot with ‘Bestia’ finally getting the better of his rookie teammate for fourth.
Juanfran Guevara claimed his best result of the year in sixth, ahead of Jakub Kornfeil, who signed off with Drive M7 SIC Racing Team with an impressive ride into seventh. Philipp Oettl, Jorge Navarro and Jorge Martin rounded out the top 10.
Moto3 is now finished for another year with Brad Binder claiming the honors but with fresh rookies and experienced riders next year were in for an exciting 2017.
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