In the Honda CBR600-powered Moto2 class, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) took his third win of the season at the end of a tense race. The South African emerged triumphant from a ferocious five-rider fight that at one stage featured as many as nine riders. The performance was all the more heroic because the 23-year-old was in some pain from a fast crash at turn seven on Saturday morning.

Binder had to contend with staunch challenges from reigning Moto3 World Champion Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex), Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex), Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40 Kalex), Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing Tech 3) and Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing KTM).

The front group was reduced when Lecuona fell at turn two on lap seven, while Gardner and Baldassarri tumbled at turn ten on laps 13 and 23. Binder likened the encounter to a Moto3 shootout, with just 0.9 seconds covering the top four riders at the chequered flag.

In the end, the victory fight came down to Binder and Mir. Exiting the penultimate turn on the final lap Binder had a slide which gave Mir the chance to out-drag his ex-Moto3 rival to the line, but Binder held on to win by 0.036 seconds. After several races some way from the podium, Mir was rejuvenated, climbing from 14th place to fight among the top three.

Vierge got the better of Fernandez and Marini on the final lap to finish third, his first podium since the Argentine Grand Prix in April. Fernandez collected his best GP result in 23 starts with fourth, with Marini recovering from a difficult start to the weekend in fifth. Aegerter finished sixth, his best result of the season and only his third top ten in 2018, ahead of a relieved Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), who suffered a nasty crash in qualifying and passed a late fitness test in order to race. Jesko Raffin (SAG Team Kalex) was eighth with Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) ninth and Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing Speed Up) tenth.

Both Moto2 title hopefuls had a difficult day. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) finished 12th, less than ten seconds behind the winner and just over a second behind his title rival Miguel Oliveira’s (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM). Bagnaia takes a 36-point lead into the last two races.

Brad Binder

Brad Binder 41

1st

“It was a crazy race; I thought I was in Moto3! I made a good start, got to the front and tried to break the group, but with 13 laps to go I saw that there was no way to do that. I tried to stay in the group and save something for the end. There were a few scares involving other riders; it was a little crazy, as there were people everywhere. I had planned to take the lead when there were two laps left and I pushed with everything I had. I was able to have a good race and take another victory, so I’m very happy. I thank the team a lot, as after the crash in FP3 I had to ride a completely new bike and it worked wonderfully. I hope that things remain the same in Malaysia.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo
Joan Mir

Joan Mir 36

2nd

“This podium is really special for me because I won the Moto3 championship here last year. And to come back to the podium after some not so good moments over the last three races I what I really wanted. I want to thank my team because they help me a lot in both the good and bad moments. Now I want to continue this form in the final two races and fight for the victory. I had strong [pace all weekend by not a fast single lap which penalised me in qualifying but I knew I had something extra for the final laps of the race. Now we just need to work on qualifying.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Xavi Vierge

Xavi Vierge 97

3rd

“I felt very good in the first laps and I tried to stay in front in all laps because in the race at this track you can be first on the straight and then sixth in first corner. Every time riders passed me and then I tried to pass again. It's a pity because when I had the touch with Lecuona, I needed to push really hard not to go too wide  and off the track. That's when I started to get problems with the rear tyre in the left corners. I had a lot of spin and for that reason in the last part, I lost too much time. Anyway, I think we still made a good job. The last laps were crazy. Everybody tried to pass and we touched a lot but finally we achieved a podium..

Dynavolt Intact GP
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island, Australia

Moto2 2018, Round 17

Sunday 28 Oct 2018, 07:03 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Brad Binder 41 RSA 25 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 39'23.427
2 Joan Mir 36 SPA 20 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +0.036
3 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA 16 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +0.949
4 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA 13 Pons HP40 Kalex +0.957
5 Luca Marini 10 ITA 11 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1.767
6 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI 10 Kiefer Racing KTM +2.482
7 Alex Marquez 73 SPA 9 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +3.759
8 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI 8 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex +4.850
9 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter +6.250
10 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 6 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up +7.453
11 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR 5 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +8.675
12 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA 4 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +9.725
13 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN 3 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +9.787
14 Sam Lowes 22 GBR 2 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +11.209
15 Edgar Pons 57 SPA 1 AGR Team Kalex +14.076
16 Khairul Idham Pawi 89 MAL 0 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +15.350
17 Steven Odendaal 4 RSA 0 NTS RW Racing GP NTS +15.396
18 Joe Roberts 16 USA 0 NTS RW Racing GP NTS +23.230
19 Simone Corsi 24 ITA 0 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +33.736
20 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA 0 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +42.324
Saturday 27 Oct 2018, 14:51 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'33.368
2 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter +1'33.624
3 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +1'33.721
4 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI Kiefer Racing KTM +1'33.841
5 Brad Binder 41 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'33.929
6 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up +1'33.951
7 Luca Marini 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1'33.963
8 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +1'33.988
9 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'34.007
10 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex +1'34.039
11 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Pons HP40 Kalex +1'34.050
12 Jorge Navarro 9 SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +1'34.086
13 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA Pons HP40 Kalex +1'34.094
14 Joan Mir 36 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'34.149
15 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +1'34.181
16 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1'34.367
17 Stefano Manzi 62 ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex +1'34.413
18 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +1'34.491
19 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +1'34.540
20 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'34.556
21 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'34.784
22 Edgar Pons 57 SPA AGR Team Kalex +1'34.844
23 Khairul Idham Pawi 89 MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'34.850
24 Joe Roberts 16 USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS +1'34.851
25 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +1'34.934
Rider Standings
Sunday, 28 Oct 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 283 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 249 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
3 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 192 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
4 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 148 Pons HP40 Kalex
5 Joan MIR 36 SPA 148 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
6 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 146 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 142 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
8 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 130 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
9 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 125 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
10 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 121 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
11 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 114 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
12 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 59 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
13 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 55 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
14 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 48 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
15 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 45 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
16 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 41 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
17 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 39 Kiefer Racing KTM
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ 40 SPA 36 Pons HP40 Kalex
19 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 28 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 22 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
21 Romano FENATI 13 ITA 14 Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex
22 Hector BARBERA 40 SPA 10 Pons HP40 Kalex
23 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 9 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex
24 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 8 Forward Racing Team Kalex
25 Danny KENT 52 GBR 8 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
26 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 7 SAG Team Kalex
27 Joe ROBERTS 16 USA 5 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
28 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 3 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
29 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
30 Steven ODENDAAL 4 RSA 1 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
31 Edgar PONS 57 SPA 1 AGR Team Kalex
32 Niki TUULI 66 FIN 1 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex