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Moto3 World Cham­pion Brad Binder showed his class in the fi­nal round at Va­len­cia this week­end as an­other master­class saw him fight through to take vic­tory after a tech­ni­cal is­sue left him 22nd on the open­ing lap.

The Red Bull KTM rider came close to re­tir­ing from the race when his bike cut out on the open­ing lap, but re-joined in 22nd as it ap­peared to sort it­self out.

In a race that mir­rored the hero­ics which saw the South African fight from last to first in Jerez, fastest lap after fastest lap saw Binder charge through the pack to be on the back of the lead­ing group with ten laps to go.

“I wanted to fin­ish my time in Moto3 with a vic­tory, but I did not ex­pect to do so,” he con­fessed. “Some­thing hap­pened to the bike, but I could not un­der­stand it and I moved aside to see if ev­ery­thing was in place. I lost two laps check­ing that the bike was work­ing well be­fore I pushed hard again.

“To come back and win the race was in­cred­i­ble. I am very happy and I can­not be more grate­ful to the team for the year we have had.”

Fin­ish­ing the sea­son 142 points ahead of his near­est ri­val, Binder was just short of break­ing Valentino Rossi’s record for the big­gest cham­pi­onship points gap in Grand Prix his­tory.

He will now turn his at­ten­tion to the chal­lenges he faces in step­ping up to the in­ter­me­di­ate class with the all-new KTM chas­sis next year.

Speak­ing ahead of the move, he said: “Now it’s time to think about Moto2. I have been count­ing the days to get on the new bike. It is very im­por­tant for me to move to a higher class and I am very mo­ti­vated.

“This sea­son has gone much bet­ter than I ex­pected, and win­ning the ti­tle with four races to go and get­ting seven wins is in­cred­i­ble. I’m on cloud nine and I can only thank the team.”

‘I have been count­ing the days to get on the new Moto2 bike’ BRAD BINDER

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