WINNER BINDER IS CLOSE TO TITLE
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.”