Fear­less rac­ing by Binder

Vi­cious day of rac­ing sees Binder re­cover from be­ing clipped by a rider

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — WR.

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.”

PHOTO: RED BULL KTM AJO

South Africa’s Brad Binder worked hard for his third podium place this year.

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