BINDER GOES FROM LAST TO FIRST
South African takes first ever Moto3 race win in dramatic style O Sam Lowes: Fair play to @ Bradbinder_41 getting first win from back of grid ... Impressive performance
South African Brad Binder took one of the most incredible Moto3 victories of recent times, after charging from last to first to take his first ever win in the class in magical style.
Relegated from second on the grid to last after a misnamed computer file saw his team excluded from qualifying for not having a homologated ECU map installed, the punishment had no effect in the end as Binder carved his way through the entire field.
The South African only discovered moments before he was due to take to the grid that the team’s appeal had failed, after the incorrect USB drive was submitted to Dorna with a differently named (but identical) version of the engine map was submitted for homologation.
However, in the end the penalty didn’t much delay the South African, who was able to set his own pace as he burned his way through the field rather than making the mistake of falling into step with one of the other groups.
Gaining 19 places in only two laps, the 20-year-old was in a position to scythe through the battle for the lead with six laps to go to, before breaking free to win by over three seconds.
“I had imagined that my first victory would be difficult to achieve, but I didn’t think I’d get it from last on the grid. I knew there was a possibility of doing this, because I have been very strong all weekend, but actually managing it was incredible!”
He joins one of the rare few who have achieved the feat, with Marc Marquez the last to accomplish a last-to-first victory back in 2012 at Valencia in his final Moto2 race, only weeks after he came from last to third in Phillip Island.
Binder joins an even more exclusive club as a new South African winner in Grand Prix, taking the first victory since Jon Ekerold won the 1981 Italian 350GP race at Monza and joining him, Kork Ballington and Alan North as one of only four South Africans ever to win a GP.
However, he wasn’t the only rider O Cal Crutchlow: Great ride by @ Bradbinder_41! Fantastic. Maybe they can put him on the other KTM Motogp bike