McPhee shows his wet weather prowess at Brno


Peugeot MC Saxoprint rider John McPhee has won the Moto3 race at the Automotodrom Brno, as the Scot had a calm, collected and almost faultless ride to the flag as his rivals fell away.

Championsip leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed out of the lead with 4 laps to go, before Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) also ended up in the gravel in a dramatic change for the race in the final few laps.

Binder kept the lead off the line, before losing places on a cautious first lap as Jorge Martin (PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra) took the lead and set off trying to make a gap, with a breakaway group of Martin, Binder, McPhee and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) heading off from the pack.

As Binder upped the pace McPhee stayed calm in P2, before that proved the perfect strategy as the South African crashed out of the lead. It took Malaysian rider Khairul Idham Pawi ‰ÛÒ winner in the wet in Argentina and Germany ‰ÛÒ until 14 laps to go to get to the front of the chasing group, before crashing out of podium contention close to the end of the race. The Malaysia had gained 25 places from his grid position.

McPhee stayed calm and continued his solid pace at the front as he inherited the lead, until an almost-highside saw the Scot out the seat and desperately hanging onto his bike. Saving the moment and retaining the lead, the Brit kept his head and rode through a faultless last lap to cross the line for his first Moto3 win.
Winner John McPhee
Jorge Martin (PULL&BEAR Aspar Mahindra) had a drama-free ride to P2 as those around him pushed too hard, taking his first podium in some of the most difficult conditions in the season so far. The Spaniard led early before letting others take the risk; a strategy that paid off at the flag.

Fabio DiGiannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) was the rookie star of the race, as the Italian completed the podium after originally moving through the field following wet weather expert Pawi. Keeping his own pace and his head, the Italian took another podium in his rookie year as he crossed the line ahead of his more experienced teammate Enea Bastianini.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold), last year‰Ûªs winner, completed the top five ahead of Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing) in a great home result of P6. Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was seventh in an impressive rookie display, ahead of fellow rookies Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46).

Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) completed the top ten to gain some points back on Brad Binder in the title fight, but had been further up the field until the final stages. The gap between the two now sees the South African clear of his Spanish rival by 61 points.

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1 John MCPHEE GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot - 45'36.087
2 Jorge MARTIN SPA Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team Mahindra - +8.806
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda - +9.777
4 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda - +10.654
5 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda - +13.872
6 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda - +15.533
7 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM - +15.819
8 Joan MIR SPA Leopard Racing KTM - +16.289
9 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM - +16.473
10 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda - +16.681
11 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda - +18.198
12 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM - +21.640
13 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra - +31.007
14 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda - +36.895
15 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM - +43.651
16 Karel HANIKA CZE Freundenberg Racing Team KTM - +57.814
17 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM - +1'01.428
18 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra - +1'04.134
19 Maria HERRERA SPA MH6 Team KTM - +1'27.585
20 Hiroki ONO JPN Honda Team Asia Honda - +1'27.997
21 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM- +1'33.942
22 Fabio SPIRANELLI ITA CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra - +1'34.610
23 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM - +1'34.942
24 Lorenzo PETRARCA ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra - +2'08.319
DNF Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM - 3 Laps
DNF Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM - 5 Laps
DNF Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Honda Team Asia Honda - 5 Laps
DNF Stefano VALTULINI ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra - 5 Laps
DNF Darryn BINDER RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra - 6 Laps
DNF Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team Mahindra - 7 Laps
DNF Albert ARENAS SPA Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot - 8 Laps
DNF Adam NORRODIN MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda - 10 Laps
DNF Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda -11 Laps

Moto3 World Standing 2016
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 179 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 118 Points
3 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 94 Points
4 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 93 Points
5 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 90 Points
6 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 89 Points
7 Joan MIR KTM SPA 83 Points
8 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 82 Points
9 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 74 Points
10 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 68 Points
11 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 54 Points
12 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 53 Points
13 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 52 Points
14 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 46 Points
15 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 45 Points
16 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 44 Points
17 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 41 Points
18 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 40 Points
20 Aron CANET Honda SPA 34 Points
21 Livio LOI Honda BEL 32 Points
22 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 29 Points
23 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 21 Points
24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra JPN 12 Points
25 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 9 Points
26 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda ITA 7 Points
27 Maria HERRERA KTM SPA 6 Points
28 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 5 Points
29 Darryn BINDER Mahindra RSA 4 Points

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