Brad Binder conquers his first victory in the Moto2 World Championship. The rookie Joan Mir finished 2nd just behind him, and Luca Marini stepped on his first podium too, with a well-deserved 3rd place.
Brad Binder decided to re-write his country’s history, becoming the third South-African rider to obtain a striking victory in Moto2, 38 long years after his fellow countryman Kork Ballington. The rookie Joan Mir crossed the finish line 2nd while Luca Marini got his first podium with a nice 3rd place. Miguel Oliveira finished 4th, gaining some ground in the World Championship ranking and getting closer to Francesco Bagnaia, who finished 12th after performing a great comeback from the bottom of the group to avoid crashing on Pasini.
The first problem appeared during the warm-up lap: Jules Danilo suddendly slowed down due to some technical issues on his bike and had to stop on the track’s side to get help from the stewards. The race start ran smoothly: Marini was the best among all Italian riders and immediately took the lead of the group, followed by Bagnaia and Pasini. In the meanwhile, Oliveira (who had just climbed up some positions in the top ten) and Vierge hit each other because of a mistake of the Portuguese rider and they both lost some positions. We also saw some other crashes: first Pasini, forcing Bagnaia to take a long way out of the track to avoid him, and then Baldassarri, who fell down in a different accident.
At the same time, Nagashima and the wild card Cardelús got a penalty each for a jump start and had to do a ride-through, but the Japanese rider fell before being able to serve his penalty. Locatelli, Manzi, and Kent slipped too, while Mir managed to reach and overtake Marini, taking the lead of a Moto2 race for the first time. But then Binder showed up and managed to overtake both riders in just a few laps. Oliveira’s comeback was also noticeable, as he tried hard to win over the three leading riders.
Eventually, Brad Binder gained his first successful victory in Moto2, celebrating his contract’s renewal with KTM. Joan Mir and Luca Marini got the remaining two podium’s steps, while Miguel Oliveira crossed the finish line 4th with a large lead from Sam Lowes and Marcel Schrötter. Xavi Vierge finished 7th ahead of Simone Corsi, with Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro closing the top ten.