Moto3: Navarro triumphs as Binder takes damage control

Published: 05 June 2016

Jorge Navarro has taken his first ever Grand Prix victory in front of a home crowd at Barcelona’s Montmelò circuit, taking the win as Moto3 championship leader Brad Binder took damage control behind him in second.

Running in the leading group for most of the race and looking comfortable as the others battled for the lead, South African Binder looked calm until three laps to go – when a shunt from Gabriel Rodrigo left him running wide and back in eighth.

Rallying strongly with a series of incredible last lap passes, though, he was able to catapult himself forward into second to limit the damage to his title aspirations as much as possible.

Enea Bastianini won the scrap behind him, taking Romano Fenati in the last chicane complex to finish on the podium, while teammate Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet rounded out the top six.

Scotsman John McPhee played a waiting game all race, winning a battle of attrition by improving from 26th to take a point in 15th, as front runners Gabriel Rodrigo, Khairul Idham Pawi, Jorge Martin, Francesco Bagnaia, Adam Norrodin, Hiroki Ono and Jules Danilo were among those not to finish.