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Binder: “I had to keep on the gas”

Binder: “I had to keep on the gas”

0.007s stood between Brad Binder and his first World Championship victory, the Moto3™ race in Qatar once gain coming down to the line.

Having qualified in third but started in sixth due to a three-place grid penalty for irresponsible riding in FP3, Brad Binder flew off the line and asserted him as contender from the start. In typical Moto3™ fashion, a big group of five riders battled throughout the race, the pack growing to eight as the race drew nearer the end. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider led across the line on eight separate occasions, each run down the straight giving Binder an idea of where he would need to be on the final lap. On lap 18 of 18, Binder led the group and looked to be in control as Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) tucked in behind. The South African twisted the throttle as hard as he could to stay ahead, but Antonelli was able to use the KTM’s slipstream to steal victory by 0.007s.

Binder is not beating himself up over the incident, situations like these happen frequently in Moto3™ and the World Championship still has 17 rounds to go. On a positive note, this is Binder’s best start to a season in his World Championship career. As one of just three riders to have taken part in everyone Moto3™ World Championship race, many are expecting the South African to challenge for the title in 2016. Binder leaves the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar with 20 points.

Brad Binder: “It was a race in which I was leading the group on almost every lap to try to take the victory. On the final laps I tried to ride the best line in order to keep my position and see if I could get some luck on the final straight. I pushed very hard but it was very tough as the straight is very long. I had to keep on the gas, and I gave my all, but it wasn't to be. I'm happy with this first podium and with the work done by the whole team this weekend. I want to thank them for that. There is a long season ahead, there are many races and a second place to start the season is fantastic.”

Moto3, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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