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It was a hard fought second in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix for Brad Binder, securing his best 2015 finish.
In classic Moto3™ World Championship style the Malaysian GP saw a huge group of riders locked in battle for the entire course of the race, constantly trading blows and positions. Brad Binder had started way down the grid in 16th and made an incredible start to end the first lap inside the top ten, within the top five by the sixth lap. From here Binder waited, saving his tyres and his energy till the final laps as he was all too aware that with two long straights he would quickly be passed in the slipstream. The South African was surprisingly unaffected by the oppressive heat and humidity, able to continue pushing without any problems.
It all came down to the final laps, Binder beginning the final run down the straight in the lead. Unfortunately for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, teammate Miguel Oliveira was right behind him and was able to dive past in the final corner. Binder would finish 0.089s behind, claiming his best result of the season and his best race finish since he was second in the 2014 German GP. These closing races are important for Binder as he looks to launch a title challenge in 2016 with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.
Brad Binder: “I'm happy with the podium finish but obviously I had hoped to win. I felt good and I maintained a good pace throughout the race. I'm delighted with my first second place this season and hope that for next year things remain as they have been up to now. I gave 110% throughout the race, was leading into the last corner and was trying to save myself for the end –not wearing out my tyres and staying out of battles. I did what I could, overtaking when possible and staying in the group when not. I am very happy with my form. I stayed at the front until the end, try to push as much as possible, but Miguel [Oliveira] did an extraordinary job. He kept the championship alive and that's always good, so I’m happy about that. I feel very good on the bike and I look forward to going to Valencia to seeing what happens."
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