BINDER BOUNCES BACK
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