Brno gave an historical MotoGP moments as KTM rookie Brad Binder clinched his first MotoGP career win bringing KTM to heaven.
After a big surprise during qualifying where Johann Zarco brought Reale Avintia to pole position, on Sunday we had even a bigger one as Brad Binder is now a MotoGP winner. 2016 Moto3 World Champion astonished everyone with a superb race where he was able to build his victory lap after lap.
It is as well first KTM win, an historical day for the Austrian manufacturer who could even have two bikes on the podium without Pol Espargaro’s crash due to a contact with Johann Zarco that forced the French to serv a long lap penalty.
Franco Morbidelli had the better start and created a gap immediately in the first laps trying to make a solitary run, while his teammate Fabio Quartararo engaged a battle against Aleix Espargaro who was impressively fast during the first stages of the race.
Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder started their triumphal march by overtaking a lot of riders, including poleman Johann Zarco who did not have a good start. Frenchman still was able to be close to the group fighting for the podium and had the chance to snatch last podium position.
Indeed, Brad Binder made his moves on Johann and Quartararo both in the middle of the race and tried to catch Franco Morbidelli, being able to do it in the second half of Czech GP being the fastest guy on track. KTM rider made the decisive move with still more than a quarter of race to do and from that he created a crucial gap on the rivals.
The dream came true for Binder lap after lap as he increased the gap on Franco Morbidelli, who had at the same time a good margin on Johann Zarco. The Italian could so stay relaxed and conquer his first MotoGP podium.
Hard times for Morbidelli’s teammate, as MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo had his hardest race of the season finishing 7th without being able to fight for the top.
There was still one position to be assigned and it was last podium position, with Johann Zarco who had to resist to Alex Rins’ comeback. Valentino Rossi had good pace and could fight for the podium but a poor qualifying excluded him from top 3 fight condemned him to end in 5th ahead of Miguel Oliveira.
8th is Takaaki Nakagami ahead of Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro. 11th place for Andrea Dovizioso followed by his teammate Danilo Petrucci and Cal Crutchlow. A really bad race for Maverick Vinales, who started from 5th but never had good feeling and finished 14th, while Alex Marquez is the last rider to score points.