Moto3: Binder takes win in red-flagged Australian scrap

Published: 23 October 2016

Brad Binder has taken victory in a frantic and chaotic red-flagged Moto3 race at Phillip Island, leading from start to finish in the second half of the race to win by six seconds from Andrea Locatelli after many of his title rivals fell in the first half.

It was a frantic early battle for the lead, with Binder locked in a battle with Nicolo Bulega, Andrea Migno, John McPhee, Francesco Bagnaia, Aron Canet, Jorge Navarro and Joan Mir among others, with Fabio Quartarato even making it through to second from last after a qualifying penalty.

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The first big crash came on the first lap, with Mir, Darryn Binder, Guevera, Mir, Loi and Pawi all fallers, before then Bulega and Bagnaia and Di Giannantonio also fell.

But it was a big crash initiated by McPhee that brought out the red flags at Lukey Heights, with Migno running over the Scotsman before both he and Bastianini fell themselves, with Bastianini then being struck by Jorge Navarro too. Thankfully, all riders were reported to be ok despite McPhee getting ambulanced to the medical centre.

In the restart, Binder led from start to finish despite an early attempt by Locatelli to bridge over to him, while Aron Canet only just slipstreamed his way to the final podium position from a frantic battle for third, denying the younger Binder brother the chance to stand alongside his world champion brother.

 

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