Fearless racing by Binder
Vicious day of racing sees Binder recover from being clipped by a rider
THE weekend’s Moto3 during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was more vicious than normal, with South Africa’s Brad Binder competing alongside almost 20 riders.
Several crashes, including one from log leader Danny Kent for Leopard Racing, soon reduced the field to a leading group of six riders, with Binder still looking comfortable. But with nine laps to go, the
boytjie from Kempton’s Australian GP almost ended in the kitty litter after a rider clipped Binder’s front brake, sending him wide at turn one. But South Africa’s Red Bull KTM Ajo rider did what he does best — racing fearlessly to come back from behind and grab third place on the podium from Jorge Navarro for Estrella Galicia by 0.009 of a second. This is his third podium place this year and places Binder in seventh for the Moto3 at Sepang in Malaysia.
Binder said it was not an easy race. “I was riding in the leading group when, with nine laps remaining, someone touched my front brake going into the first corner and I had to run wide.
“Luckily, I was able to continue riding and push hard to latch back onto the front group. Other than that, the race went well overall, but I’m a little disappointed because I thought I could definitely finish first or second. I pushed very hard on every lap, even after going off-track, but eventually I was slipstreamed almost at the finish line for second.
“I have to thank the team because the bike was fantastic, with amazing handling. I’m sure I could have done better and I’m a little sour about the result, but that’s racing. I’m glad to be back on the podium and eager for more at Sepang.”
South Africa’s Brad Binder worked hard for his third podium place this year.