Brad Binder has extended his lead in the Moto3 championship after measuring up his opponents in the closing stages of the race at Le Mans to control a four-bike battle to the flag.
Binder was one of the race’s early leaders, breaking away from the pack with Romano Fenati, Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet – and setting up an eight-wheeled fight to the chequered flag.
However, making a strong move on the penultimate lap at turn eleven, Binder was able to make the most of a defensive line on the last lap, aided by a mistake from rookie Canet that dropped him off the podium in the final turns.
Nicolo Bulega also had a strong race for fifth, coming through the field after a difficult qualifuing compounded by an injured wrist. He held off Fabio Quartararo, Migno and pole man Antonelli for the spot.
Scotsman John McPhee rode a race of attrition from 25th to 20th, only losing out on 19th in the final stages of the race to teammate Alex Masbou.