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Binder storms to victory in Moto3 thriller.

Brad Binder has taken a vital victory this morning at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. Binder who started from 4th on the grid got a gap with two laps to go due to a late crash by Jorge Navarro which ultimately resulted in the South African’s victory. Francesco Bagnaia who also got a gap due to the crash made a fantastic pass into the final corner on Binder’s teammate Bo Bendsnyder to pip the Dutchman to 2nd place with the latter rounding out the podium in third.

After a wet qualifying on Saturday, most riders were happy to see that the track was dry as they took to the start. Francesco Bagnaia started on pole with Enea Bastianini and  Niccolo Antonelli rounding out the front row. It was Bastianini who got the best start of the front three and led into turn 1 but this was soon short lived as Bagnaia retook the lead the very next corner. Championship leader Binder dropped three places on the start and was seventh by the end of lap one but recovered well to lead the race the very next lap.

A large lead group of 12 developed early on which included 2nd place in the Championship Jorge Navarro who started from 18th on the grid sliced his way through the field early on and the Spaniard hit the lead after only a handful of laps.  Mahindra Racing rider Stefano Manzi was probably the shock of the day, the young Italian started from 34th on the grid and within a few laps was contesting for the race lead, Jorge Martin was the 12th and final rider of the group.

The leading group of riders continued to trade places as the laps ticked away and with three laps to go it looked like we were in for another Moto3 classic until a move from Manzi on Navarro caused the Spaniard to highside and crash out of the race with Andrea Migno unable to avoid Navarro and unfortunately hit the deck also. As a result of this crash a three man contingent got a small gap on the rest of the group which included pole man Bagnaia, Championship leader Binder and his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Bo Bendsnyder. Although the 9 pursuers closed the gap it was to little to late as Binder had broken away and romped to his 4th victory of the season ahead of gallant Bagnaia who made an impressive last corner move on Bendsnyder to take his 5th podium of the season.

Despite the incident with Navarro, Stefano Manzi held off his Italian compatriot Nicolo Bulega to come home in an impressive fourth with Bulega completing the top five. Italian rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio put in another fantastic ride to come home in sixth finishing ahead of the much more experienced Niccolo Antonelli and teammate Enea Bastianini who came home in seventh and eighth respectively. Aron Canet pipped Jorge Martin for top Spaniard finish ninth with the latter rounding out the top 10.

The Moto3 grid returns next week when they travel to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in San Marino.

Image Via: motorsport.com

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