An excellent performance from Brad Binder this Sunday at the Australian GP ended with him achieving his third victory of the season, following on from successes in Germany and Aragon. The South African’s win was the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team’s second in as many years at Phillip Island, following on from last year’s triumph for Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese was eleventh today, reducing the gap at the top of the standings by a point.
Binder started from the second row in today’s race, and was ready to go one better than his second place from the 2017 Australian GP. Making a good start, he led the way on Lap 3 and would hold onto it for 10 further laps. Later swallowed up by a group of 7 riders fighting for the podium, it would not be until 2 laps remained that the South African definitively snatched the top spot.
Miguel Oliveira had a very difficult task, taking off from twentieth position on the grid. The Portuguese would gain ten places on the first 3 laps, even though he was still unable to latch onto the leading group. He would, however, place ahead of his main rival in the title fight, completing the 25 lap contest in eleventh.
With two races remaining, Miguel Oliveira lies second in the overall standings and cuts the gap to the top to 36 points. Brad Binder is third with 193 points. Red Bull KTM Ajo remain leaders of the team standings, with a 35-point advantage. The Australian GP podium was the team’s 25th rostrum in their two seasons in Moto2 to date.
1. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:23.427
2. Joan Mir (Kalex) +0.036
3. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) +0.949
4. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +0.957
5. Luca Marini (Kalex) +1.767
The next race will be the penultimate round of the season, and takes place next week in Malaysia.