South African motorcycle racer, Brad Binder, has stretched his lead at the top of the Moto3 standings despite finishing second at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Spanish teenager Joan Mir, who is riding in his debut season, won his first ever Grand Prix in Spielberg. Mir started in pole position and Binder was second on the grid.
The South African moved to the front after the first corner and in the early part of the race the lead changed hands on several occasions.
Binder took control of the race in the middle part and looked set for a comfortable victory. But a mistake in one of the corners of the circuit dropped him back to fifth place.
He battled towards the end but couldn’t catch the Spaniard. “Every time I went into the slow corners the engine would drop down and I had to adapt to that. Luckily my team provided a good bike in terms of handling and braking, so I was able to finish second,” says Binder.
The 18 year old Spaniard is the first winner from pole position in almost a year. “Amazing, this weekend was perfect. My team and I worked together very well and this is the result,” says race winner Mir.
Binder leads the championship by 67 points with eight races left.