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Moto3, Unbelievable Binder: starts last and wins at Jerez

Impressive Bulega (2nd) who passes Bagnaia and Navarro at the final corner

Unbelievable Binder: starts last and wins at Jerez

A feat that will go down in history. Only he had faith when they told him, at the end of warm-up, that he'd have to start from last position, due to an irregularity with the ECU. But Brad Binder didn't plan to throw in the towel before the race even began. He lowered his visor and set out to attack, a man on a mission, making up position after position.

From thirtieth he reached the top twenty, and then the top ten. The South African proved unstoppable and just before the mid-race point, he was right behind the top three. Once he'd closed the gap, he swiftly dealt with the remaining competition, powering his way, despite the odds, to his first historic win in Moto3.

A real endeavour, comparable to that of Marc Marquez, at the Valencia Grand Prix in 2013. The KTM rider is well aware that he's achieved something unique: “I knew I could win, despite the penalty – he declared – starting last and managing to win after such a tough race is incredible”.

Brad Binder stole the show but there was another 'high-achiever' today, in the form of Italian Niccolò Bulega, who scores his first podium finish. having started from pole, he stuck with the leading group for the duration of the race. While the South African got away in the final stages, the team Sky rider had to battle it out against Bagnaia and Navarro.

At the last corner, he got the best of his two rivals, which ensure he crossed the line right behind winner Binder: “It's a special day for me and my family – commented Bulega – I've watched a lot of videos during the last days, and I must say these helped”. No champagne for Bulega, considering his age, so Pecco Bagnaia, in the top three once again after Qatar, was on hand to drink it for him: “A great battle – he commented – Navarro showed that he had the pace right from the start, but in the end we were able to come out on top. Bulega? A bastard (he smiles)”.   

  

 

Translated by Heather Watson

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