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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - AT JEREZ MO­TOGP RE­PORTER simon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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

Binder passed 34 rid­ers to win by over three sec­onds

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