Victory in today’s British Grand Prix saw Brad Binder place hand on the 2016 Moto3 title as rival Jorge Navarro dramatically crashed out of contention in the final stages.
Polesitter Pecco Bagnaia took an early lead on the Mahindra but in typical Moto3 style it wouldn’t last long as the chasing pack of 13 riders all set out to put themselves on the same piece of tarmac.
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Initially the brawl for the lead was a group of seven, until the pack almost doubled in size at the mid-race point.
Determined to claw back points on series leader Binder, Jorge Navarro moved into the lead at the start of lap seven with Di Giannantonio, Bulega, Migno and Bastianini also in the mix.
Mahindra wildcard Stefano Manzi turned heads as he joined the leading group despite having started the race in 34th position. His rapid pace and a few hairy moves along the way saw him move into podium contention. However, the Italian’s lairy style would soon cause trouble as he came together with Navarro in the closing stages of the race. Crashing out, Navarro collected VR46 KTM rider Andrea Migno on the way into the gravel.
At the front, Bo Bensneyder led into the final lap but moved aside to let team-mate Binder re-take the lead while Bagnaia also moved through on the Red Bull Rookies champ to take second place.
Manzi finished a creditable fourth having made up an incredible 30 positions from his spot on the grid, ahead of Bulega and Di Giannantonio.
Britain’s John McPhee crossed the line 18th.
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