Binder’s bad weekend


South Africa’s Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM)’s luck in this year’s MotoGP series has run dry.

The unlucky bird looked over his shoulder for the umpteenth time this weekend in the Catalan MotoGP at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona.

Binder set the fourth fastest time during qualifying on Friday, but also crashed twice.

In Saturday’s lightning race over 12 rounds, he was ahead at one stage, but he fell again and could not collect any points.

Binder finished eighth in Sunday’s main race from fourth starting position after his Red Bull KTM appeared to develop power delivery problems.

The MotoGP was won by the current world champion, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo).

He finished 1.740 seconds ahead of Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati). Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) was third with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), who won Saturday’s lightning race, fourth.

Fabio Di Giannantonio (VR46 Ducati) was fifth, Raul Fernandez (Aprilia) sixth, Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) seventh with Binder eighth.

Binder, who raced across the finish line 18.578 seconds after Bagnaia, moved up to third shortly after the start, but he was unable to improve on that and eventually dropped out.

That’s not how we know Binder!

Bagnaia (116 points) moved up to second behind Martin (155 points) with his victory.

They are followed by Marquez (114), Enea Bastianini (94), Maverick Vinales (87), Pedri Acosta (83), Espargaro (76) and Binder (75).

Bagnaia took the lead after the start, but he was fiercely challenged by rookie Pedro Acosta.

Acosta, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday, was soon overzealous and fell in the 11th round.

He is very talented and doesn’t have a single hair on his head, but he will soon have to show more patience.

Acosta’s bike ended up in gravel, but he jumped up and continued from 20th position. He ended up finishing 13th.