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Navarro wins as Aragon crowns Binder Moto3 Champion

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Jorge Navarro has taken only his second ever GP win at MotorLand Aragon, coming back from some difficult races and bad luck with a spectacular victory - but the man behind him over the line, key title rival Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), did everything he needed to do on the day - and crossed the line second by only 0.030.

Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) completed the podium in third as Binder swept through to take the crown with an incredible final corner - close to the win, but more than enough for the championship. Racing to win has been the South African's MO in 2016, and MotorLand Aragon was no different.

Bastianini and Navarro maintained their 1-2 off the line, bolting from the pack as their last stand against Binder's title chances got underway. Essentially needing a win to stay in it or a disaster for the South African, the Spaniard and Italian took off in clean air for a few laps - until Binder started to reel them in.

With 14 of those laps to go, Binder had caught the duo and a front group of the three plus Philipp Oettl (Schedl Racing GP) and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was formed, with the World Champion elect then sat in the middle of the customary Moto3 freight train at the front - with Bastianini and Navarro also tagged into the eleven-long group.
2016 Moto3 Champion Brad Binder
The front group became four as the field battled it out and some close calls drew quick breaths, with the three at the top of the title standings joined by Bastianini's breakaway teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio, with Binder beginning the final lap in fourth. The South African knows that situation well - and waited until the last minute to really pounce, breaking incredibly late into the final corner to take the lead briefly, before Navarro just moved through on the inside. With a 106 point advantage before the race and that over Bastianini rather than Navarro, the South African was crossed the line World Champion.

Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) had an incredible ride up through the field after a difficult qualifying following suffering a fever on Friday, and the Mallorcan crossed the line in fifth at the head of the second group on his rookie Moto3 world championship weekend. Jorge Martin (Gaviota Aspar Mahindra) impressed returning from injury to cross the line behind his compatriot, with fellow Spaniard Canet taking seventh.

RBA Racing Team's Gabriel Rodrigo and Juanfran Guevara had solid top ten finishes in eighth and ninth, with Phillip Oettl finally completing the top ten after leading early on.

With the crown won at MotorLand, Binder becomes the first man to achieve that feat - and inks his name into history not only as only the third ever South African World Champion, but the undisputed King of Moto3 in 2016.

From the back of the grid, from pole position, breaking away at the front or battling on the last lap - the South African has done it all.

Main Photo: Jorge Navarro
Credit: MotoGP.com


Moto3 Race Classification - Aragon - 2016
1 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda - 39'56.973
2 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM - +0.030
3 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda - +0.107
4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda - +0.162
5 Joan MIR SPA Leopard Racing KTM - +1.724
6 Jorge MARTIN SPA Gaviota Mahindra ASPAR Mahindra - +1.903
7 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda - +1.979
8 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM - +3.008
9 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM - +3.101
10 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM- +3.559
11 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM - +3.594
12 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM - +6.883
13 John MCPHEE GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot - +9.742
14 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda - +9.758
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM - +9.776
16 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Gaviota Mahindra ASPAR Mahindra - +9.931
17 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM -+13.358
18 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda - +13.645
19 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda - +18.776
20 Hiroki ONO JPN Honda Team Asia Honda - +22.193
21 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra - +22.800
22 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Honda Team Asia Honda - +30.459
23 Adam NORRODIN MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda - +30.749
24 Albert ARENAS SPA Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot - +36.510
25 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM - +43.028
26 Darryn BINDER RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra - +43.441
27 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra - +43.478
28 Maria HERRERA SPA MH6 Team KTM - +1'10.624
29 Lorenzo PETRARCA ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra - +1'14.198
30 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO MEX Motomex Team Worldwide Race Mahindra - +1'45.935
DNF Stefano VALTULINI ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra - 11 Laps
DNF Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 0 Lap
DNF Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 0 Lap
DNF Fabio SPIRANELLI ITA CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra 0 Lap

Moto3 World Standing 2016
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 249 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 143 Points
3 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 139 Points
4 Joan MIR KTM SPA 117 Points
5 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 113 Points
6 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 111 Points
7 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 110 Points
8 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 93 Points
9 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 81 Points
10 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 80 Points
11 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 65 Points
12 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 62 Points
13 Aron CANET Honda SPA 60 Points
14 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 56 Points
15 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 56 Points
16 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 54 Points
17 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM NED 53 Points
18 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 51 Points
19 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 48 Points
20 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 47 Points
21 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 40 Points
22 Livio LOI Honda BEL 35 Points
23 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 28 Points
24 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 22 Points
25 Stefano MANZI Mahindra ITA 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

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