MotoGP: Brad finishes sixth, moves down to seventh


The Spanish MotoGP was once again not a weekend that South Africa’s MotoGP hero Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) will remember for a long time.

Binder’s problems began on Friday in early qualifying at the race track outside Jerez. Admittedly, he improved on that on Saturday morning and set the fourth fastest time for the blitz race and Sunday’s MotoGP.

The anticipation was great, but Binder was involved in one of 14 accidents in the chaotic lightning race on Saturday. He fell, could not race further and did not earn any points.

Moreover, he was accused of causing one of the accidents, but rightly no action was taken against him by the officers.

In Sunday’s MotoGP, he dropped from fourth to sixth shortly after the start, but moved up to fifth.

He was passed by Enea Bastianini in the last round to end the weekend on a disappointing note.

The current world champion, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo), was first on Sunday. It was his third consecutive victory in the Spanish MotoGP.

Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) was second, Marco Bezzecchi (AVR46 Ducati) third, Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) fourth, Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) fifth and Binder sixth.

Bagnaia, who was also unable to complete Saturday’s lightning race, moved up to second in the standings after Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) with his victory. He is now only 17 points behind Martin.

Martin, who was leading until the 12th round on Sunday, fell and his dreams were gone after winning Saturday’s lightning race.

He now has 92 points, followed by Bagnaia (75), Bastianini (70), Pedro Acosta (69), Maverick ViƱales (63), Marc Marquez (6) and Binder (59) who have now moved down to seventh.