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Binder: “Someone touched my front brake”

Binder: “Someone touched my front brake”

A return to the podium for Brad Binder as he recovers from a near race ending incident at Turn 1.

Even by the usual bar bashing standards of Moto3™, Sunday’s Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was a vicious affair. A massive group of almost 20 riders battled in the first half of the race with Brad Binder towards the head at all times. Several crashes, including one from championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing), broke up the field and a concentrated group of just six emerged to battle for the win. Binder had looked comfortable in the lead, but the slipstream allowed the chasing pack to always close him down with all six riders trying to seize the advantage at Turn 1.

With nine laps to go, the Australian GP almost ended for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider as another Moto3™ combatant clipped Binder’s front brake, sending him wide at Turn 1. The South African dug deep and soon found himself back with the leading pack, able to steal third by 0.009s from Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0). But Binder wanted more and lamented the Turn 1 incident as his form prior showed the pace to battle for victory. This was is Binder’s third trip to the podium in 2015 and sees him sit in seventh as the paddock head to Malaysia for the final round of the flyaways.

Brad Binder: “It was not an easy race. I was riding in the leading group when, with 9 laps remaining, someone touched my front brake going into the first corner and I had to run wide. Luckily I was able to continue riding and push hard to latch back onto the front group. Other than that, the race went well overall, but I'm a little disappointed because I thought I could definitely finish first or second. I pushed very hard on every lap, even after going off-track, but eventually I was slipstreamed almost at the finish line for second. I have to thank the team because the bike was fantastic, with amazing handling. I'm sure I could have done better and I’m a little sour about the result, but that's racing. I’m glad to be back on the podium and eager for more at Sepang.”


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