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BATTLE FOR BINDER IN AUS

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Brad Binder took his third win of the season, as he beats Joan Mir and Xavi Vierge to the flag.

The beginning of the race mirrored the drama of the Argentine GP when Marcel Schrotter was supposed to start from P2 on the grid, yet failed to get his bike started before the warm up lap. But when the lights did eventually go out, it was poleman, Mattia Pasini, who stormed to the front of the pack. But, the Italian’s race wouldn’t last long when a crash at turn 4 ended his hopes of a podium spot.

Meanwhile, the two title contenders, Francesco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira, swapped positions throughout the course of the race after trying their best to recover from, in their opinion, “a poor qualifying”.

Back at the front, a group of eight formed and Lecuona looked like a force to be reckoned with. However, the young Spaniard crashed at turn 2 on lap 7 to finish a positive weekend with no points.

The lead continued to swap and change as the paint swapped between all members in the leading group. Lorenzo Baldassari seemed to be the man on the move as he and his teammate, Augusto Fernandez, spearheaded the leading group. But “Balda’s” stint at the front was not to be, as his race ended prematurely when he got out of shape and found himself sliding across the grass.

This left Binder, Vierge, Mir, Fernandez and Marini to battle it out for the three podium places. Mir squeezed past Vierge to chase down the South African out front, as Marini ran wide and saw his rostrum chances slip away. Despite Mir’s efforts, Brad Binder crossed the line 0.036 seconds ahead of him and Vierge completed the podium ahead of Fernandez and Marini.