WIN­NER BINDER IS CLOSE TO TI­TLE

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Brad Binder took an­other step to be­com­ing the first South African world cham­pion since John Ekerold in 1980 af­ter tak­ing his fourth Moto3 vic­tory of the sea­son at Sil­ver­stone. His cause was helped dra­mat­i­cally when clos­est cham­pi­onship chal­lenger Jorge Navarro dra­mat­i­cally crashed out of con­tention mean­ing that Binder could math­e­mat­i­cally win the cham­pi­onship at Aragon with four rounds still to go.

De­spite his com­mand­ing lead, the vic­tory it­self did not come easy for the Ajo Mo­tor­sport KTM rider with 13 rid­ers in con­tention for the win un­til the clos­ing stages of the race.

“The race was in­sane!” Binder said. “The pace was re­ally slow but when I tried to push it on at the front it wasn’t that easy at all with the wind push­ing against us. With five or six laps to go I was at­tacked by a load of rid­ers and Manzi hit the side of me so I de­cided that the safest place to be was at the front. I tried to stay in the top three af­ter that.

“Twenty five more points to the cham­pi­onship is a great thing. I feel I’m in a safe po­si­tion at the mo­ment and when I get on the bike my goal is to do the best job I pos­si­bly can and try to win ev­ery week­end and I think that’s why we have the gap.”

Bri­tain’s John Mcphee was un­able to repli­cate his race-win­ning form from last time out at Brno de­spite show­ing quick pace in both wet and dry con­di­tions this week­end. The Scots­man had placed sixth in FP3 but a crash in the wet qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion left him 17th on the grid, which he was un­able to im­prove on in Sun­day’s race.

“We showed yes­ter­day morn­ing we had the pace to run strong in the dry and in the race we had one of the fastest laps of the race so we def­i­nitely had the pace,” he said. “My big­gest is­sue was at the start when I was try­ing to make up the po­si­tions I just wasn’t able to as I had no feel­ing with the front. It wasn’t re­sult we were look­ing for.”

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