After spots of rain punctuated morning Warm Up for the MotoGP grid, Moto3 got out on a dry track as the weather held off - grey skies and cool temperatures, but dry asphalt for the first showdown of the day.
Francesco Bagnaia (PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra) got a good start from his first ever pole position, with P2 on the grid Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) dueling with his compatriot for the lead as the lights went out.
The large lead group headed away from the pack and was soon joined by the early superstar of the race, as Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) sliced through the field from eighteenth on the grid to hit the lead after only a handful of laps.
Navarro, who won in the Catalan GP and has since had a more difficult run of races after breaking his leg in a training accident, was seven tenths clear in third before the rain hit qualifying, and showed his pace in the incredible comeback.
Another incredible ride back from lower on the grid came from Mahindra Racing rider Stefano Manzi as the Italian moved up from thirty fourth on the grid to join the lead group. With Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) in eleventh the last man in the incredible train at the front, the group dueled it out with riders heading for apexes four or five wide, and no one able to escape.
The last few laps saw the chaos truly break free in a classic Moto3 battle, before a move from Manzi took Navarro out, with Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) unable to avoid the crashing Spaniard. Navarro remained down for a few moments as he recovered from the impact.
As the last lap dawned, it was a Red Bull KTM Ajo 1-2 with Binder leading rookie teammate Bo Bendsneyder ahead of polesitter Bagnaia, with the key mover on the last lap proving the Italian as he pushed his way past into P2 to take another podium on the Mahindra machine. With the lack of points score after Navarro's fall, Binder increased his championship lead by another big chunk of points with his stunningly-judged win.
The South African put the pedal to the metal on the last lap to break away from his teammate just behind, getting a gap that proved just enough for him to cross the line ahead and leave the chaos in the dust.
After taking their first win in Assen earlier in the year and announcing his move to Moto2 next season, Bagnaia is on good form as the paddock heads for his home round, which will also be Mahindra's 100th race in the world championship. The Italian's calm and well-executed move on Bendsneyder was another good example of his growing experience, like his pole lap in the difficult conditions of Saturday afternoon. He also leapfrogged compatriot Enea Bastianini with the points haul from the podium, slotting into third in the title table.
Bo Bendsneyder took his first podium with a stunning performance to come home third, despite losing out on the final lap to Bagnaia. Dueling in the front group throughout the race in the Dutchman's most impressive race performance to date, the rookie and former Red Bull Rookie had some incredible moves throughout, staying calm and crossing the line for the first Dutch podium since Assen 1994.
As the lead three broke away from the chaos behind, Manzi shook off compatriot Bulega to come home in an impressive P4, despite the incident with Navarro, and Bulega completed the top five. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) put in another impressive rookie ride to sixth, heading more experienced compatriots Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and 'Diggia's teammate Bastianini. Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was the lead Spaniard in ninth, ahead of fellow rookie at 2015 FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 rival Joan Mir (Leopard Racing). Mir was subsequently demoted a position for exceeding track limits, promoting Jorge Martin (PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra) into the top ten. Antonelli was then later disqualified for a technical infringement, moving those behind him up the order.
The next race sees Moto3 lead the charge at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, after the 'Beast' Enea Bastianini took the win - his first - in 2015, with Binder now a staggering 86 points clear at the head of the table.
Main Photo: Brad Binder
Moto3 Race Classification - OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX
1 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 38'39.142
2 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Northgate Mahindra ASPAR Mahindra +0.183
3 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.336
4 Stefano MANZI ITA Mahindra Racing Mahindra +0.787
5 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.802
6 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.883
7 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda +0.920
8 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.016
9 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.409
10 Joan MIR SPA Leopard Racing KTM +1.193
11 Jorge MARTIN SPA Northgate Mahindra ASPAR Mahindra +1.624
12 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM +2.400
13 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM +8.585
14 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda +12.807
15 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM +12.839
16 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda +12.885
17 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM +13.174
18 John MCPHEE GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot +13.216
19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +13.326
20 Hiroki ONO JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +16.963
21 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda +32.397
22 Darryn BINDER RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra +39.125
23 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Honda Team Asia Honda +39.140
24 Adam NORRODIN MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda +39.257
25 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Mahindra Racing Mahindra +39.414
26 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra +39.516
27 Maria HERRERA SPA MH6 Team KTM +39.714
28 Fabio SPIRANELLI ITA CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra +51.679
29 Lorenzo PETRARCA ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra +1'09.870
30 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'32.740
DNF Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 2 Laps
DNF Stefano VALTULINI ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra 2 Laps
DNF Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 3 Laps
DNF Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM 12 Laps
DNF Albert ARENAS SPA Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 0 Lap
Moto3 World Standing 2016
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 204 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 118 Points
3 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 110 Points
4 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 102 Points
5 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 100 Points
6 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 93 Points
7 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 92 Points
8 Joan MIR KTM SPA 89 Points
9 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 83 Points
10 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 68 Points
11 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 54 Points
12 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 54 Points
13 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM NED 52 Points
14 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 52 Points
15 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 48 Points
16 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 47 Points
17 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 45 Points
18 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 45 Points
19 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 41 Points
20 Aron CANET Honda SPA 41 Points
21 Livio LOI Honda BEL 32 Points
22 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 29 Points
23 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 21 Points
24 Stefano MANZI Mahindra ITA 13 Points
25 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 13 Points
26 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra JPN 12 Points
27 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM ITA 7 Points
28 Maria HERRERA KTM SPA 6 Points
29 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 5 Points
30 Darryn BINDER Mahindra RSA 4 Points