Binder faces first chance to seal title at MotorLand Ara

21/09/2016

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has opportunity to clinch Moto3 crown at Aragon GP.  Bo Bendsneyder looks  to make up for result of last race with positive performance.

With five Grands Prix still to be contested, a lead of 106 points in the overall standings allows Brad Binder the opportunity to clinch the Moto3 title this weekend at MotorLand Aragon. For his teammate, Bo Bendsnedeyder, this weekend will be used to try to forget his recent DNF in San Marino.

With 125 points at stake, Binder has the chance to be proclaimed champion mathematically, without relying on other results, should he win or take second place on Sunday. Many other possibilities could also be favourable to the South African’s quest for the title, depending on the results of his rivals. Last year in Aragon, Binder fought for victory until an incident with another rider just two corners from the end took him out of the equation. His current run of two consecutive victories at Silverstone and Misano give him optimism for Round 14.

A crash on the first lap of the San Marino Grand Prix came as a blow to Bo Bendsneyder, coming off his first World Championship podium the week before. However, this was only the first DNF of the season for a rookie who has been incredibly consistent. Last year he did not have a great weekend in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at MotorLand Aragon, achieving a best result of ninth place having won the championship at the previous race.

The 2016 Moto3 title will be up for grabs on Sunday from 11.00am local time. This will be the third Spanish round of the season, and the last event before the three consecutive weeks of flyaway races.

Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Width: 15m
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
Constructed: 2009

How Brad Binder can become Moto3 World Champion this weekend:
1st Binder – Champion automatically.
2nd Binder – Champion automatically.
3rd Binder – Bastianini finishes 2nd or lower.
4th Binder – Bastianini finishes 3rd or lower and Navarro doesn’t win.
5th Binder – Bastianini finishes 3rd or lower and Navarro doesn’t win.
6th Binder – Bastianini finishes 3rd or lower and Navarro doesn’t win.
7th Binder – Bastianini finishes 4th or lower and Navarro doesn’t win.
8th Binder – Bastianini finishes 4th or lower, Navarro finishes 3rd or lower and Bulega doesn’t win.
9th Binder – Bastianini finishes 4th or lower, Navarro finishes 3rd or lower and Bulega doesn’t win.
10th Binder – Bastianini finishes 5th or lower, Navarro finishes 3rd or lower and neither Bulega nor Bagnaia win.
11th Binder – Bastianini finishes 5th or lower, Navarro finishes 3rd or lower and neither Bulega nor Bagnaia win.
12th Binder – Bastianini finishes 6th or lower, Navarro finishes 4th or lower and neither Bulega nor Bagnaia win.
13th Binder – Bastianini finishes 7th or lower, Navarro finishes 4th or lower, Bulega finishes 3rd or lower and Bagnaia doesn’t win.
14th Binder – Bastianini finishes 8th or lower, Navarro finishes 4th or lower, Bulega finishes 3rd or lower and neither Bagnaia nor Mir win.
15th Binder – Bastianini finishes 9th or lower, Navarro finishes 5th or lower, Bulega finishes 3rd or lower, and neither Bagnaia nor Mir win.
Binder finishes outside the points – Bastianini finishes 10th or lower, Navarro finishes 5th or lower, Bulega and Bagnaia finish 3rd or lower and Mir doesn’t win.

41 BRAD BINDER
“MotorLand Aragon is one of my favourite tracks. It is great fun and I’ve always enjoyed riding there. We will have to work hard from FP1 to go into the race prepared to try for the win again. Last year I was second on the last lap when, with two corners remaining, an incident took me out of the race. I hope this year we will have more luck. I am really looking forward to the GP, because it will be the first opportunity to clinch the title, and we will try to do it.”

64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“I’ve been training hard over these two weeks, riding supermoto, after the first DNF of the season at Misano; It was a hard blow, but it is time to move on and think about this weekend. MotorLand Aragon is a track I know well and that I like. It is very different from Misano, with both fast and slow corners and a final part that I love; it is quick and has climbs and drops. It will be important to prepare for the race right from the first few laps in practice.”

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