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Binder: "We had so many riders at the end of the straight"

 Binder: 'We had so many riders at the end of the straight'

An unstoppable Brad Binder took his third straight win of 2016 and continued to grow his championship lead.

The Gran Premio d’Italia TIM was host to yet another thrilling Moto3™ World Championship battle, 20 riders all locked together around the magnificent Italian track. Brad Binder was up with the leaders from the start, but the fierce fighting meant that no one was able to lead for more than a few corners. Fighting was so vicious that Binder found himself down as low as eighth at several points in the race, having to ride harder and more aggressively than ever before. There were several hair-raising moments for Binder including a close call with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) on the straight, the two getting a little too close. But it didn’t concern Binder as he dug deep on the final lap to open up a slight lead, enough to just break the slipstream of the following riders and take his third straight win of the year.

With both Navarro and Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) failing to finish, the Red Bull KTM Ajo man now has a 49-point lead in the championship. 2015 Moto3™ World Champion Danny Kent had a similar point lead after six races as well, a good sign for Binder. This is the first time a South African has won three successive races since Kork Ballington in 1979 in the 250cc class. Binder and most of the Moto3™ class will remain in Mugello for a one day test before leaving for Montmelo and round seven.

Brad Binder: "Today's race was absolutely crazy, because we were exchanging positions all the time and it was very difficult to plan a strategy. It was even dangerous at times, when we had so many riders at the end of the straight taking advantage of slipstreams. On the last lap I saw that I could get to the front of the group and reach the leader, and so I did that. It's fantastic to win again, and extend my run to three in a row.
"I cannot thank my team enough; they gave me the best bike possible today. This weekend was not easy, but with the experience of the team, who have won here three times in the last four years, we had an excellent bike for the race. We are still only six races into the season, so it’s not time to look at the standings just yet."

Moto3, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, RAC, Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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