Tactics were key as Brad Binder has stormed to victory this morning in the Moto3 category after a convincing performance to pip home favorite Enea Bastianini who put up a gallant performance to come home in second with Joan Mir slicing his way from P16 on the grid to take an incredible third place.
Clear skies greeted the Moto3 riders as they took to the grid for the race start. Brad Binder started on pole with Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega joining him on the front row. Championship challenger Jorge Navarro started from the second row in P5. It was Bastianini however who got the best start, rocketing from the line and taking the lead through turn one with Jakub Kornfeil and Brad Binder dueling off the line with Binder getting the better of Czech rider coming into turn two, but unfortunately for Italian rookie Bulega, dropped a number of places off the start and would be playing catchup for the rest of the race.
The opening laps were hotly contested between Binder and Bastianini who regularly traded places throughout the laps which resulted in a large group of 10 starting to form which included the flying Joan Mir who sliced his way through from P16 on the grid. After a poor start Bulega started to make progress through the field and at one point took the lead of the race after a collection of fantastic overtakes the lap previous.
Disaster struck however for Championship contender Jorge Navarro when the Spaniard crashed out of the race with fourteen laps to go resulting in a split in the leading group which meant Binder and Bastianini were away at the front with the recovering Bulega and flying Mir leading the charge in third and fourth and also developing a gap of their own on the other chasers.
The race stagnated for a couple of laps but the hostilities restarted again at the front when with five laps to go Bastianini decided to take the race by the horns and try and gap the South African but was ultimately unsuccessful when with half a lap to go Binder retook first position with a well timed pass and used his fantastic defensive skills to hold of the gallant Italian to take his fifth victory of the season and put one hand the Moto3 Championship title.
The Battle for third behind was quite timid and looked as if Joan Mir had taken his second rostrum of the season but with three laps to go the rookie had to drop one place which meant he had to go behind Bulega, but the Spaniard quickly reinstated himself in third and held off a late barrage of attacks from the aggressive Sky VR46 rider to claim his second podium of the season, his last was his maiden win at Austria.
Jakub Kornfeil, who has had a quiet season so far put in an impressive performance to take a solid fifth place, Andrea Locatelli showed great pace in front of his home fans to take sixth place with Aron Canet, Philipp Oettl, Hiroki Ono and Fabio Di Giannantonio completing the top 10.
Aragon now awaits for the Moto3 riders with Brad Binder having the chance to win the World Championship at Spanish circuit, but will be made work for it when we return in two weeks time.
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