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Binder bags back-to-back wins after race long brawl

Binder bags back-to-back wins after race long brawl

A tense four-rider battle raged for the entirety of the French GP, Binder coming out on top with Fenati and Navarro settling for the podium.

Unlike in many previous visits to the Le Mans circuit, there were no signs of rain as the Moto3™ World Championship lined up on the grid for round five of the 2016 season. The majority of the field opted for medium slicks front and rear, apart from Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who ran a soft front and Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) who elected to run a soft rear Dunlop.

From pole Antonelli made a perfect start as the grid swept through the fast Turn 1, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) had a great run off the line and slid in behind Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) as they filtered through the first chicane. Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) was the first faller of the race, crashing at Turn 4 after contact with another rider.

As the second lap began Binder took the lead, five riders involved in the battle for victory. His lead wouldn’t last long as Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) grabbed the advantage at the Dunlop chicane as the front group continued to grow. Binder and Fenati continued to spar throughout the race, the Italian strong through the first sector.

Each rider was able to lead at various stages, opening up a small gap when they did but neither could break away. Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was a man on a mission, the rookie getting ahead of his teammate Navarro on lap 12 and tapping his bike, urging Navarro to stay behind him. The gesture was justified as Canet put in 1’42 after 1’42, the rest of the field in the 1’43s.

An equally fierce battle raged behind, local rider Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) working hard to hold off the attacks of Sky Racing Team VR46 duo Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Migno. Their chances of a podium were over as the leading four had an advantage of three seconds for the majority of the race.

In true Moto3™ style it all came down to the last lap, Binder leading the quartet as they crossed the line. Each corner saw Binder defend his line from Fenati, the Italian looking for a way through at every corner but to no avail. A perfect final lap saw Brad Binder take his second career victory and once again extend his championship lead. Fenati finished in a solid second place while Navarro was fortunate to seal third after an aggressive move by his teammate in the penultimate corner.

Nicolo Bulega emerged victorious in the battle for fifth ahead of Fabio Quartararo with Andrea Migno, Niccolo Antonelli, Jakub Kornfeil and Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) completing the top ten.

Binder remains atop the championship with 102 points, now 24 points ahead of Jorge Navarro. Romano Fenati is third with 67, in front of teammate Nicolo Bulega with 47 points.

Both Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) were given ride through penalties for jump starts.

Home rider Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) fell on the first lap at Turn 7, ending what had been a promising weekend. Karel Hanika (Platinum Bay Real Estate) fell not long after on the second lap.

Lap four saw Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) slide off at Turn 14. Five laps later Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) crashed at Turn 3. Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) suffered a crash on Lap 16 at Turn 8.

Oettl sustained a fracture to his right wrist in the fall, all other riders avoided injury.

Full results from the Moto3™ World Championship race can be seen here.

The championship standings post-Monster Energy Grand Prix de France are available here.

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