Binder wins as title rivals McPhee and Arenas collide


After crashing out of victory contention in the Misano double-header, CIP’s Binder made a last-lap pass for the lead on Leopard’s Dennis Foggia to grab the first win of his grand prix career.

Poleman Tony Arbolino – who will step up to Moto2 in 2021 with Intact GP – grabbed the holeshot off the line on his Snipers Honda and held the spot for the first two laps.

Arbolino was slipstreamed by Arenas and Binder on the run into Turn 1 on the third tour, before Gabriel Rodrigo on the Gresini Honda took the lead on lap four.

Petronas Sprinta’s McPhee had worked his way up from 12th on the grid to third and was trailing Arenas on lap six when he lost the front of his Honda trying to go up the inside at Turn 4, wiping out the championship leader.

The lead, as usual in Moto3, changed hands a number of times over the next 10 laps, with Binder, Arbolino, Leopard’s Jaume Masia, team-mate Foggia and Rodrigo all taking turns at heading the pack.

Foggia (below) retaliated on Binder on lap 15 at Turn 10 having lost the lead at Turn 1 the lap before to the CIP rider.

San Marino winner Foggia proved difficult to overtake and led onto the 21st and final lap ahead of Binder, Arbolino, Max Racing’s Alonso Lopez and the EG 0,0 Honda of Sergio Garcia in the breakaway lead group.

Binder nailed his run through the first four corners and muscled his way up the inside of Foggia into the Turn 5 left-hander, forcing the Leopard rider wide and allowing Arbolino to come through into second.

Arbolino was unable to find a way past Binder on the run to the end of the lap, with the CIP rider getting to the chequered flag 0.103 seconds clear.

Binder joins his KTM MotoGP-mounted brother and 2016 Moto3 champion Brad as the only South African to have won in the lightweight class since its switch to the Moto3 formula in 2012.

Foggia held onto third to complete the podium ahead of Garcia and Lopez, while Masia and VR46’s Celestino Vietti took the chequered flag in sixth and seventh.

However, both were docked one place for exceeding track limits on the final lap, promoting Max Racing’s Romano Fenati to sixth. SIC58’s Niccolo Antonelli and Rodrigo completed the top 10.

Ai Ogura crossed the line 11th on his Team Asia Honda and moves into the championship lead, though only by three points over Arenas.

McPhee remains third and 24 points adrift of Ogura, while Arbolino’s podium lifts him into contention and joint fourth in the standings with Vietti – the pair just 27 points down.

Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix results – 21 laps

1Darryn BinderCIP – Green Power38m32.507s
2Tony ArbolinoRivacold Snipers Team0.103s
3Dennis FoggiaLeopard Racing0.157s
4Sergio GarciaEstrella Galicia 0,00.232s
5Alonso LopezSterilgarda Max Racing Team0.386s
6Romano FenatiSterilgarda Max Racing Team1.436s
7Jaume MasiaLeopard Racing1.218s
8Celestino ViettiSKY Racing Team VR461.293s
9Niccolo AntonelliSIC58 Squadra Corse1.928s
10Gabriel RodrigoKommerling Gresini Moto31.932s
11Ai OguraHonda Team Asia2.012s
12Filip SalacRivacold Snipers Team2.536s
13Raul FernandezRed Bull KTM Ajo3.572s
14Stefano NepaGaviota Aspar Team Moto34.800s
15Ryusei YamanakaEstrella Galicia 0,05.042s
16Barry BaltusCarXpert PruestelGP5.656s
17Ayumu SasakiRed Bull KTM Tech 36.729s
18Kaito TobaRed Bull KTM Ajo13.556s
19Jeremy AlcobaKommerling Gresini Moto314.205s
20Riccardo RossiBOE Skull Rider Facile Energy14.437s
21Yuki KuniiHonda Team Asia23.202s
22Jason DupasquierCarXpert PruestelGP25.032s
23Maximilian KoflerCIP – Green Power35.469s
24Khairul Idham PawiPetronas Sprinta Racing35.496s
Andrea MignoSKY Racing Team VR46Retirement
Carlos TatayReale Avintia Moto3Retirement
Davide PizzoliBOE Skull Rider Facile EnergyRetirement
Deniz OncuRed Bull KTM Tech 3Retirement
Jose GarciaSIC58 Squadra CorseRetirement
John McPheePetronas Sprinta RacingRetirement
Albert ArenasGaviota Aspar Team Moto3Retirement

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