Moto3: Binder extends championship lead despite disaster at Assen

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Moto3 championship leader Brad Binder has been able to further extend his championship lead over second-placed man Jorge Navarro, who remains out of action with a broken leg.

Running in the lead group as usual, Binder was unlucky when a mistake dropped him out of the pack and left him finishing a distant twelfth, his first finish this year off the podium.

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"At the beginning of the race everything went according to the plan we had devised, but then I went up the inside next to another rider and I run wide. I wanted to recover, but I opened the throttle too early and almost crashed. I had to go through the grass –I almost went into pitlane but a cameraman signalled to me with his arm and I stayed out, which was lucky.

“Overall things have gone well; it had been a long time for me without making a serious mistake, but these things happen. Unfortunately it happened to me today, when I felt strong and was confident of trying to win the race.”

But with the mistake well and truly behind him now, the South African is already putting the race behind him and moving on to the next round of the championship in Germany.

“I know we’ll be fresh again when we get to Germany. The positive thing about today is that we increased the advantage over the second placed rider, so it's not been a write-off of a race. Today’s result is better than zero points."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer