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By Red Bull KTM Ajo

Binder: "I won't settle for second or third"

Moto3™ championship leader gives a glimpse of how he's stoked up that 106 point lead

"I've got a big gap. Why do I need to be careful?" Brad Binder

Big words, but with a gap at the top of more than four races' worth of points - or more, four victories - Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder is in the position to be able to say them. Taking his fifth victory of the season at Misano World Circuit and seeing key title rival Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) crash out, Binder is now in that mythical, well-earned position at the top: he has a chance of winning the championship at MotorLand Aragon.

If Binder leaves the Spanish track with an advantage of more than 100 points, he is the 2016 Moto3™ world champion - with a staggering four races of the season remaining.

The South African took a clever and well-timed victory in Misano, and explained how he won that race - and how he stacked up his 106 point advantage.

Brad Binder (P1): "I struggled to get into a rhythm in the first few laps because I was battling quite a lot with Enea, but after that I just saw he sat in behind me and I just kept my head down. With about 5 laps to go I saw we had about 2 or 3 seconds over the guy in third, so then I said 'ok, I'm going to try and go behind Enea and see what he's got'. After that the pace dropped quite a lot, so I just tried to make sure that we managed the gap to third position, and on the last lap I made my move like I planned last night and everything worked out perfectly for my fifth victory of the year.

"Like always, I went out to win the race. I wasn't going to settle for second or third, and I think that's why we're in such a good position right now. Aragon is one of my favourite tracks and I always really really enjoy it. Last year I was really strong there and again I plan on giving 110%. Let's try and win again. What I have to do is go out there and do my job the way I know how. When I was on track in Misano I wasn't pushing really really hard - I was trying to keep everything at 95%, comfortable and consistent. But I've got a big gap. Why do I need to be careful?"

Binder: "I wait till the last lap"