Moto3: Binder powers to Czech pole

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Brad Binder has powered to pole position for tomorrow’s Moto3 Czech Grand Prix, after using his head in the closing stages of the day’s session to put himself in the right place at the right time.

Binder got his usual wave of riders following him when he set out to do his fast lap, but took to the grass to ditch the group and make a breakaway. Catching traffic on his fast lap, it was his final sector that gave him the top spot.

He was aided, however, by crashes and laps docked for exceeding track limits by Enea Bastianini, at one time the pole man. His misfortunes also allowed fellow Italian Andrea Migno to sneak past him for second.

Jorge Martin took fourth, ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and the second Team Sky bike of Nicolo Bulega, while Scotsman John McPhee was an excellent eleventh on the Saxoprint Peugeot.

A number of the usual front runners were off the pace, however, with a crash for Pecco Bagnaia relegating him to 17th, behind last week’s winner Joan Mir, Juanfran Guevara, and Fabio Quartararo. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer