Brad Binder seals sensational win in Argentina MotoGP from 15th on the grid
KTM rider Brad Binder produced a stunning victory from 15th on the grid in the Argentina MotoGP sprint race. Binder’s excellent start and bold inside line through Turn 1 quickly saw him move up to the front.
Brad Binder, a KTM rider, delivered a remarkable performance in the Argentina MotoGP sprint race by securing victory from a 15th-place starting position.
With an excellent start and an assertive inside line through Turn 1, Binder quickly moved up to the front in less than three laps. He managed to withstand the late challenge from Marco Bezzecchi to clinch the win.
Despite starting on the second row, Franco Morbidelli had a fantastic start in the race and briefly led at Turn 1. He used his impressive launch to dive down the inside of the corner and overtake several riders. Although Alex Marquez regained the lead on exit, Morbidelli managed to maintain his momentum and secure second place.
Later in the lap, Morbidelli found a way past Marquez to take the lead. Unfortunately, Marquez’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when he experienced a severe shake through Turn 4, causing him to fall back to fourth. This incident occurred after he switched to a medium front tire later on the grid.
After an incredible first lap that saw him gain 12 places, Brad Binder became Franco Morbidelli’s closest rival in the race. On the third lap, Binder set up a move for the lead through Turns 9-10 and managed to overtake Morbidelli by sliding down the inside of the sweeping Turn 11.
This move put Binder at the front of a pack of nine riders, with intense and aggressive battles taking place behind him in every corner. However, Morbidelli and Luca Marini of the VR46 Ducati team managed to secure second and third positions, respectively.
As the race entered its second half, Luca Marini of the VR46 Ducati team was trying to pass his teammate, Franco Morbidelli, to take second place, while Brad Binder had already built a significant lead. Binder had established a seven-tenths-of-a-second gap by the time Marini managed to overtake Morbidelli at Turn 9.
With just three laps remaining, it seemed unlikely that anyone could catch up with Binder, especially as Marini then found himself under pressure from his teammate, Marco Bezzecchi, who had already made contact with Marini earlier in the race. Bezzecchi succeeded in passing Morbidelli a few corners after Marini did.
Despite the pressure from Marco Bezzecchi, Brad Binder managed to hold on to his lead in the final lap of the race. Bezzecchi closed the gap to just four-tenths of a second, and even had a chance to overtake Binder at Turn 5, but he was unable to make the move stick. Binder absorbed the pressure and held on to his lead until the end, crossing the finish line just 0.072 seconds ahead of Bezzecchi. Luca Marini completed the podium, finishing in third place.
Franco Morbidelli managed to hold on to fourth place despite dropping off towards the end of the race. This result was his best finish in any MotoGP race since May 2021.
In addition, Franco Morbidelli’s defensive maneuvers enabled Alex Marquez to regain fifth place from Pecco Bagnaia, the championship leader of the Ducati team. It was a lackluster race for Aprilia, with only Maverick Vinales managing to secure points by finishing in seventh place.
Vinales and his teammate, Aleix Espargaro, were locked in battle for most of the race, along with several other riders. Unfortunately, Espargaro crashed out of the race at high speed but thankfully avoided injury.
Jorge Martin of the Pramac Ducati team won the battle for eighth place in a closely-fought race with Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha. Quartararo managed to secure the final point of the race, with Brad Binder’s KTM teammate, Jack Miller, finishing in 10th place. Unfortunately, no Honda riders scored points in the race, and the team’s performance was further marred by a severe crash suffered by Joan Mir on the first lap. The crash looked very nasty, and it was a disappointing end to the race for the Honda team.
The results of the sprint race at Termas for the 2023 MotoGP Argentina event.
POS RIDER NAT TEAM TIME/DIFF 1 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM 19m 56.873s 2 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati +0.072s 3 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati +0.877s 4 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha +2.354s 5 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati +2.462s 6 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo +2.537s 7 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing +2.643s 8 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati +3.754s 9 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha +3.856s 10 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM +5.143s 11 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda +5.574s 12 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati +6.965s 13 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati +7.568s 14 Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia +7.725s 15 Alex Rins SPA LCR Honda +8.687s 16 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS +9.040s Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing DNF Joan Mir SPA Repsol Honda DNF
The latest MotoGP World Championship standings following the Sprint race at Termas de Rio Hondo, round 2 out of 21, are as follows:
The updated MotoGP World Championship standings after the sprint race in Argentina.
POS RIDER NAT TEAM POINTS DIFF. 1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo 41 – 2 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing 28 -13 3 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati 25 -16 4 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM 22 -19 5 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati 17 -24 6 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati 15 -26 7 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM 15 -26 8 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati 11 -30 9 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing 11 -30 10 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha 9 -32 11 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha 8 -33 12 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati 7 -34 13 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 7 -34 14 Alex Rins SPA LCR Honda 6 -35 15 Joan Mir SPA Repsol Honda 5 -36 16 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda 4 -37 17 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS 3 -38 18 Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia 3 -38
Brad Binder seals sensational win in Argentina MotoGP from 15th on the grid Brad Binder seals sensational win in Argentina MotoGP from 15th on the grid Brad Binder seals sensational win in Argentina MotoGP from 15th on the grid
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