Brad Binder took his first win in Jerez and broke a number of records along the way.
All the numbers and statistics you need to get up to speed with what has happened in the lightweight class.
- Brad Binder’s best result at Le Mans is eighth in 2013. Last year he had his worst qualifying result of 2015 at Le Mans starting the race from 25th place on the grid and then crashed out on the first lap at the Dunlop Chicane.
- Jorge Navarro’s only previous GP appearance at Le Mans was last year, when he qualified in second place on the grid – his first front row start. He crashed out of the race on the sixth lap at the Dunlop Chicane when at the tail of the leading group.
- Romano Fenati won the Moto3™ race in France last year – his first GP podium finish at Le Mans. Fenati is the only rider currently competing in the Moto3™ class who has won a grand prix race at the Le Mans circuit.
- Nicolo Bulega’s second place finish at Jerez was his first podium in grand prix racing in just his fifth start. He is the fifth youngest Italian rider to finish on the podium in GP racing, after Marco Melandri, Romano Fenati, Ivan Goi and Enea Bastianini.
- Francesco Bagnaia finished fourth in the Moto3™ race at the French GP two years ago (his best result of 2014) and last year finished third – his first podium in grand prix racing.
Brad Binder took his first grand prix in sensational style at the Spanish Grand Prix, starting from the last place on the grid as a penalty for a technical infringement, and riding his way through the field to win by over three seconds. This win was notable in a number of ways:
- By going from last place on the grid to win the race he replicated the feat in the lightweight-class by Marc Marquez at Estoril in 2010 when he started at the back of a 16 rider grid for the re-started nine lap race after crashing in the sighting lap, and by Noboru Ueda at the Japanese GP in 1997 when he called in the pits following the sighting lap and subsequently started from the back of the grid of the 31 rider field.
- Binder’s win was the first ever in the lightweight-class of grand prix racing for a rider from South Africa.
- Binder is the first South African rider to win a GP in any class since Jon Ekerold won the 350cc race at Monza in 1981.
- With his win at Jerez, Binder extends his lead in the world championship that he has held since finishing third in Argentina - the first South African rider to lead a grand prix championship across all classes since Jon Ekerold led the 350cc title chase after the opening two races of the 1981 season.
- He is the first non-European rider to open the season with four successive podium finishes in the Moto3™/125cc class since Tomomi Manako in 1998.