Brad Binder’s historic season in Moto3

25/09/2016

The 14 races that took the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to the Moto3 title.

Brad Binder clinched the Moto3 World Championship title thanks to 5 wins and a further 6 podiums over 14 rounds. The South African rider enjoyed a successful season with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, information pills here with consistency, see great performances and victories of all kinds leading him to a first title in Grand Prix racing in an unforgettable 2016 campaign.

1. QATAR GRAND PRIX (2nd)
Brad Binder began the season with a creditable second place in Qatar. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, who started from the second row, rode in a lead group of six riders during 18 laps at Losail, fending off attacks by other riders on the final two laps to cross the finish line 0.007s behind the winner.

2. ARGENTINIAN GRAND PRIX (3rd)
Binder continued his good form at Termas de Rio Hondo, taking another podium in Argentina. The South African rider, who had taken his first pole position of the season, achieved a good result in a demanding first wet race of 2016. In addition, his 36 points gave him the series lead in the Moto3 World Championship –which he would not relinquish for the remainder of the season.

3. GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS (3rd)
The Grand Prix of the Americas would be a preview of what Binder would do at the next round. Starting from twelfth, the South African rider claimed another podium thanks to a third place finish, which allowed him to consolidate his lead –though with only a 3-point advantage.

4. SPANISH GRAND PRIX (1st)
One of the greatest moments in Grand Prix history came at the Spanish GP, with Binder playing a starring role. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made the biggest comeback in the history of the World Championship, wowing the crowd as he rose from 35th (due to a penalty imposed on him) to take the chequered flag first, overtaking every rival in the Moto3 series for his first Grand Prix victory.

5. FRENCH GRAND PRIX (1st)
The positive momentum from Jerez would carry over to Le Mans, where Binder would take his second consecutive victory. He did so by crossing the line just 99 thousandths of a second ahead of his closest rival. The South African rider had engaged in an exciting battle with two of his main competitors for the Moto3 title, passing Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati with two laps remaining to take the win.

6. ITALIAN GRAND PRIX (1st)
Binder completed a triumphant trio of victories at Mugello, extending his lead in the overall standings to 49 points as a result. The win came in a frantic group race, which saw 5 riders crossing the finish line less than a second apart, and 15 within 2 seconds of each other.

7. CATALAN GRAND PRIX (2nd)
A somber shadow was cast over the Catalan GP by the tragic death of Luis Salom. The whole paddock expressed their solidarity with the Majorcan’s family, and Brad Binder was able to pay his own unique tribute by dedicating a pole position and a podium to his former teammate.

8. DUTCH TT (12th)
For the first time in eight races, Brad Binder finished off the podium with a twelfth place at Assen. The South African rider, who had started from the second row, remained in the Top 4 until, with seven laps to go, a mistake caused him to run off-track. Binder rejoined the race in 13th, gaining a place before the chequered flag to pick up 4 points. It brought his run of seven consecutive podiums to an end.

9. GERMAN GRAND PRIX (8th)
The German Grand Prix was also a difficult event for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. Despite a very strong start in Free Practice, Binder placed sixth in the qualifying session at Sachsenring. Rain would make an appearance on a day in which, despite riding in the Top 10 at all times, the South African rider could only finish eighth.

10. AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX (2nd)
After two races off the rostrum, Brad Binder got back on the podium at the newest circuit on the calendar: The Red Bull Ring in Austria. At the home GP for both Red Bull and KTM, the Moto3 World Championship leader demonstrated his great ability to adapt to an unfamiliar track. Starting from the front row, Binder took second place just 0.2 tenths of a second off the victory, after a battle between five riders.

11. CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX (DNF)
Binder’s run as one of the few riders in the World Championship to have scored points at every Grand Prix came to an end at Brno. Despite starting from pole and escaping alone early on, rain helped bring the Czech GP closer together. With five laps remaining and a contender for victory, Binder crashed out for his first DNF of the year.

12. GREAT BRITAIN GRAND PRIX (1st)
Redemption would soon come around for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. At the historic Silverstone circuit, Brad Binder got back to winning ways after an intense tussle involving up to 14 riders, including teammate Bo Bendsneyder –who eventually shared the podium with him in third position. It was the best weekend of the season for the team, provided Binder with a fourth victory of 2016 and saw him edge closer to the title, as his closest rival crashed out.

13. SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX (1st)
Win number five came soon after, as Binder won from pole position at Misano. He edged out Enea Bastianini in an exciting duel, whilst a crash for rival Jorge Navarro set up the Aragon GP as a first chance for Binder to clinch the title.

14. ARAGON GRAND PRIX (2nd)
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider sealed the Moto3 crown at the first opportunity, becoming the fifth Moto3 World Champion and the third South African in history to win a Grand Prix class. Coming into the race at MotorLand 106 points clear at the top of the standings, there were multiple possibilities of results that would ensure him the title. Finally, Brad Binder was crowned Moto3 World Champion placing second in a spectacular race.

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