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For the first time in his career, Brad Binder leads the Moto3™ World Championship, thanks to his third place in Argentina.
Conditions were treacherous at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina for the Moto3™ race. The track had only just began to dry as the lightweight class lined up on the grid, all but one rider opting for slick tyres. From pole position Brad Binder made a cautious launch off the line, multiple riders sliding up inside him as he was shuffled back in the opening corners. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider ended the first lap in eighth and spent the majority of the opening laps battling to stay inside the top ten. By lap seven he cemented himself inside the top five and focused all of his attention on trying to battle for fourth place.
Binder thought his podium chances were gone as he began the final lap in fourth place, but an unfortunate crash by another rider lifted the South African to third. Relieved to simply finish the race, Binder is well aware that luck played a role in his podium. As the only rider to finish on the podium in both races, Binder takes the lead in the championship with 36 points, five ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold). Calm as ever, Binder was unfazed by the news he had taken the championship lead as he knows better than anyone that it's a long road ahead.
Brad Binder: “Before starting the race I talked to Aki [Ajo] and he told me that whatever I did, I should not throw away points. At first it was difficult, but I was very careful. As the laps went by I tried to push a bit more, although there were some times when it was tough with the bumps that this track has. Later I tried to keep on the dry racing line and decided to settle for fourth. I stayed focused and kept looking to get the clean line. On the last lap a crash from another rider put me onto a podium that I was not expecting to feature on today. We have taken the lead in the World Championship, which doesn't really have much importance after two races, but it means the whole team are doing a good job. We hope to continue in the same way in Austin.”
1 year ago
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