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Brad Binder makes it three in a row as title gains momentum

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Brad Binder makes it three in a row as title gains momentum
An incredible 20 lap Moto3 race in Mugello saw Brad Binder play it perfectly to win ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Francesco Bagnaia with a perfect last lap

Sunday at the Gran Premio d‰ÛªItalia TIM began with the always-thrilling Moto3 World Championship race. The sun blazed overhead, the ground temperature edging above 34å¡C as the 33 rider strong field lined up on the grid. Italians featured heavily in the top ten, Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) beginning his home race from pole position.

Fenati shot off the line and held his advantage into Turn 1, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) moving up to third with Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) splitting the two front-runners. The straight was home to thrilling action as the leading group went five abreast into San Donato, riders easily going from first to fifth in just a few meters. Each lap saw more and more riders join the battle, the slipstream closing the pack up with each run down the 1.141km long straight as the top 20 were all within touching distance.

Replacement rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Schedl GP Racing) had an incredible start to the race, finding himself comfortably inside the top ten and able to battle with the World Championship regulars. Dalla Porta wasn‰Ûªt the only new name out at the front, rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) taking the lead on several occasions in front of his home crowd.

Disaster struck on lap ten for pole setter Roman Fenati as his bike expired while he tried to move into first, the Italian rolling off the track and withdrawing from the race. Fenati‰Ûªs heartbreak presented a big opportunity for the likes of Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) who made his way up into the frontrunners having started 18th, the Frenchman able to lead at several points.
Brad Binder makes it three in a row as title gains momentum
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team celebrate Brad BIder's victoru at Mugello
The championship hopefuls continued to encounter difficulties, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) coming off at Turn 15 on lap 12 after contact with another rider. This left Binder fighting for victory with his two closest rivals out of the race, the South African guaranteed to leave Mugello with the championship lead.

Binder made his move on the final lap and opened up a quarter of second gap, just enough to break the slipstream. For the third straight race the South African takes to the top step of the podium, extending his championship lead once again. 49 points, almost two race victories, separate Binder in first from Navarro in second in the standings.

Di Giannantonio scored his first points of the year with a brilliant second place at home, Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) making it two Italians on the podium with third. Before Mugello, Di Giannantonio‰Ûªs best result was 17th.

Try as they might, Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) were unable to pass in the slipstream, settling for fourth and fifth respectively.

"Today's race was absolutely crazy, because we were exchanging positions all the time and it was very difficult to plan a strategy. It was even dangerous at times, when we had so many riders at the end of the straight taking advantage of slipstreams," Brad Binder said.

"On the last lap I saw that I could get to the front of the group and reach the leader, and so I did that. It's fantastic to win again, and extend my run to three in a row.

"I cannot thank my team enough; they gave me the best bike possible today. This weekend was not easy, but with the experience of the team, who have won here three times in the last four years, we had an excellent bike for the race. We are still only six races into the season, so it‰Ûªs not time to look at the standings just yet."

Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) was the first faller of the race, coming off at Turn 8 but able to walk away from the accident free of injury. Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) fell at Turn 2 on the 14th lap, a sad end to his home weekend.

Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) crashed out of a potential top five on the final lap, followed soon after by Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0).

Fabio Spiranelli (CIP-Unicom Starker) and Alexis Masbou (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) also failed to finish.

Main Photo: Brad Binder
Credit: MotoGP.com

GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM

Moto3 Race Classification
1 Brad BINDER - Red Bull KTM Ajo 2 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO - Gresini Racing Moto3 - Honda- 158.0 +0.038
3 Francesco BAGNAIA - ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 - Mahindra- 158.0 +0.069
4 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI - Ongetta-Rivacold - Honda - 158.0 +0.075
5 Fabio QUARTARARO - Leopard Racing - KTM- 158.0 +0.077
6 Hiroki ONO - Honda Team Asia - Honda - 157.9 +1.037
7 Joan MIR - Leopard Racing - KTM - 157.9 +1.532
8 Nicolo BULEGA - SKY Racing Team VR46 - KTM - 157.9 +1.538
9 Juanfran GUEVARA - RBA Racing Team - KTM - 157.9 +1.567
10 Andrea MIGNO - SKY Racing Team VR46 - KTM - 157.9 +1.762
11 Jules DANILO - Ongetta-Rivacold - Honda- 157.9 +1.791
12 Enea BASTIANINI - Gresini Racing Moto3 - Honda- 157.9 +1.792
13 Gabriel RODRIGO - RBA Racing Team- KTM- 157.9 +1.933
14 Jorge MARTIN - ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3- Mahindra- 157.9 +2.011
15 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA - Schedl GP Racing - KTM - 157.9 +2.041
16 Livio LOI - RW Racing GP BV - Honda- 157.8 +2.391
17 Jakub KORNFEIL - Drive M7 SIC Racing Team - Honda - 157.8 +2.434
18 Bo BENDSNEYDER - Red Bull KTM Ajo- KTM - 157.8 +2.577
19 Tatsuki SUZUKI - CIP-Unicom Starker - Mahindra - 157.8 +2.775
20 Karel HANIKA - Platinum Bay Real Estate - Mahindra- 157.7 +4.289
21 Maria HERRERA - MH6 Team - KTM - 157.7 +4.916
22 Adam NORRODIN - Drive M7 SIC Racing Team - Honda - 155.7 +34.654
23 John MCPHEE - Peugeot MC Saxoprint - Peugeot - 155.7 +34.692
24 Stefano VALTULINI - 3570 Team Italia - Mahindra- 155.7 +34.739
25 Lorenzo PETRARCA - 3570 Team Italia - Mahindra- 155.2 +42.628
Not Classified
DNF Aron CANET - Estrella Galicia 0,0 - Honda- 157.9 1 Lap
DNF Khairul Idham PAWI - Honda Team Asia - Honda- 157.9 1 Lap
DNF Fabio SPIRANELLI - CIP-Unicom Starker- Mahindra- 155.7 1 Lap
DNF Andrea LOCATELLI - Leopard Racing- KTM - 156.6 7 Laps
DNF Jorge NAVARRO - Estrella Galicia 0,0- Honda- 157.9 9 Laps
DNF Romano FENATI - SKY Racing Team VR46- KTM - 157.8 11 Laps
DNF Darryn BINDER - Platinum Bay Real Estate - Mahindra - 157.2 13 Laps
DNF Alexis MASBOU - Peugeot MC Saxoprint - Peugeot - 153.2 17 Laps

Moto3 World Standing
1 Brad BINDER - KTM - RSA - 127 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO - Honda - SPA - 78 Points
3 Romano FENATI - KTM - ITA - 67 Points
4 Nicolo BULEGA - KTM - ITA - 55 Points
5 Francesco BAGNAIA - Mahindra - ITA - 54 Points
6 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI - Honda - ITA - 52 Points
7 Jakub KORNFEIL - Honda - CZE - 36 Points
8 Joan MIR - KTM - SPA - 34 Points
9 Enea BASTIANINI - Honda - ITA - 33 Points
10 Andrea LOCATELLI - KTM - ITA - 30 Points
11 Fabio QUARTARARO - KTM - FRA - 30 Points
12 Khairul Idham PAWI - Honda - MAL - 29 Points
13 Philipp OETTL - KTM - GER - 27 Points
14 Jules DANILO - Honda - FRA - 24 Points
15 Aron CANET - Honda - SPA - 23 Points
16 Juanfran GUEVARA - KTM - SPA - 22 Points
17 Andrea MIGNO - KTM - ITA - 21 Points
18 Livio LOI - Honda - BEL - 21 Points
19 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO - Honda - ITA - 20 Points
20 Hiroki ONO - Honda - JPN - 20 Points
21 Jorge MARTIN - Mahindra - SPA - 10 Points
22 John MCPHEE - Peugeot - GBR - 9 Points
23 Gabriel RODRIGO - KTM - ARG - 6 Points
24 Adam NORRODIN - Honda - MAL - 5 Points
25 Bo BENDSNEYDER - KTM - NED - 2 Points
26 Maria HERRERA - KTM - SPA - 2 Points
27 Tatsuki SUZUKI - Mahindra - JPN - 2 Points
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA - KTM - ITA - 1 Points

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