Aragon Moto2: Brad Binder converts pole to win in Motorland Aragon

South African’s Brad Binder took his 2nd win of the season at a scorching Aragon circuit with Bagnaia and Baldassarri in pursuit.

From pole position, Binder took the early advantage but was soon passed by a hard-charging Alex Marquez who had made his way up from 4th.

Whilst riders were fighting for position, it was an early exit for the only Suter on the grid Stefano Manzi who crashed at turn 4 on the opening lap.

Jorge Navarro had lined up in 3rd on the grid but dropped down into 15th by the end of the opening lap in what was a horrid start for the Valencian rider.

Miguel Oliveira had to fight through the pack after a poor qualifying position saw the Portuguese rider line up in 18th position on the grid.

Speed Up’s Danny Kent has been struggling with the front end of his SF18, taking yet another tumble in the early laps.

Meanwhile back at the front, Francesco Bagnaia, who started his 100th Grand Prix in Aragon, had caught up to the leading duo whilst Lorenzo Baldassarri was on the charge closing the gap down to the leading three.

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After the birth of his Daughter earlier in the week, it was a tough weekend for Sam Lowes who ran off the circuit at the final corner, relegating the Brit towards the back of the field.

Brad Binder was eager to get passed the EG 0,0 MVDS Kalex of Alex Marquez, who has not stood on the top step in 2018. Binder launched a few attacks on Marquez at turn 1 and turn 12 but failed to hold the lead over Marquez both times.

With Binder sat in 2nd it was Bagnaia’s term to launch an attack on the South African, but Binder got in hot at the final corner and closed the door on the Sky Rider clipping ‘Pecco’s’ front tyre causing him to drop back into 4th behind Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Dynavolt’s Xavi Vierge tipped off his Kalex with 7 laps to go and was also joined by Fuligini who had entered pits and retired.

Alex Marquez held the lead for a few more laps before Brad Binder successfully made the pass on the Spaniard and extended his advantage. Once the KTM had broken away the attention had turned to 2nd place with Bagnaia fighting his way back passed Baldassarri and Marquez into 2nd.

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The final podium slot was the last couple of laps fight but Baldassarri managed to get the better of Marquez for 3rd after an incredible battle that saw the pair swap paint on more than one occasion.

After a strong Qualifying performance, Marcel Schrotter had a lonely race finishing in 5th ahead of Joan Mir who had fought back from 15th on the grid.

Miguel Oliveira came home in 7th as the KTM rider tried his hardest to limit the damage made in the championship, with Pasini, Quartararo, and Navarro rounding out the top 10.

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Check out the final race results here

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