MotoGP: Brad Binder doesn’t know about giving up


South Africa’s Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) does not believe in mediocrity.

After he fell three times during the first qualifying for the French MotoGP at Le Mans on Friday and was in the last starting position in the back row, he by no means gave up.

He fought through the disappointment and finished 16th in Saturday’s short sprint. He improved on that on Sunday when he finished eighth in the French MotoGP.

As usual, he got a lot of praise from the race commentators for his chasing prowess. He also clung to his seventh position in the championship standings after going scoreless in the blitz.

He was again lightning fast at the start on Sunday and moved up from 22nd to 15th.

After Pedro Acosta (GASGAS) fell in front of him on lap three and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) on lap five, he also overtook quite a few other riders, including his underperforming teammate Jack Miller, to go from 13th to move up into the eighth position.

Sunday’s MotoGP was won by Spaniard Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), with Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) close on his heels.

The current world champion, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenocvo) was third after taking the lead before the first turn after the start.

He raced ahead for a long time and was only overtaken by Martin in the 21st of 27 laps.

He was overtaken by Marquez in the final lap’s tenth turn and finished third.

Marquez, who was in 13th starting position, got off to a blistering start just like Binder, moving up five places in the first lap.

Marquez, a six-time world champion, steadily improved his position and waited until the final lap before moving up to second with Bagnaia close on his heels.

He won a MotoGP 931 days ago and almost added another chapter to his fairytale story.

Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) was fourth, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Factory) fifth, Fabio Di Giannantonio (VR46 Ducati) sixth, Franco Morbidelli (Pramac Ducati) seventh and Binder eighth.

Martin (129 points), who also won Saturday’s lightning race for a double French triumph, extended his lead to 38 points over Bagnaia (91 points) in the standings.

Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) is third with 89 points, followed by Marquez (also 89), Viñales (81), Acosta (73) and then Binder (67).