Valencia Moto2: Binder seals runner-up spot with win

Valencia Moto2: Binder seals runner-up spot with win

11/17/2019

KTM rider Brad Binder wrapped up the 2019 Moto2 season with a third consecutive victory in Valencia, and beat Tom Luthi to the runner-up spot in the championship.

Binder spent the entire race, which was shortened to 16 laps due to the Moto3 race being red-flagged, behind Luthi as the duo battled for second place in the standings.

Luthi took the lead on lap 2 as Jorge Martin ran wide at Turn 1, and the Swiss veteran led until the penultimate lap.

After an unsuccessful move into Turn 2, Binder forced his way past Luthi at Turn 8 to kick off the last lap in the lead, and eventually win by seven tenths.

Binder’s employer KTM – which has handed him a works MotoGP ride for 2020 – thus bows out of Moto2 having won its final three races.

The South African ended the season just three points behind champion Alex Marquez, who crashed out of the race while running fifth.

Luthi finished second as Jorge Navarro held off Stefano Manzi for third behind.

Manzi shadowed Navarro for the majority of the race but could only overtake him on the last lap at Turn 8, only for Navarro to come back two corners later and secure third.

Manzi and his team Forward MV Agusta still took their best result in Moto2 with fourth.

Binder KTM’s squadmate Jorge Martin was a distant fifth, inheriting the position after Marquez crashed at Turn 11.

Augusto Fernandez (Pons) took sixth followed by Xavi Vierge (Marc VDS), Luca Marini (Sky VR46), Luca Di Giannantonio (Speed Up) and Sam Lowes (Gresini).

Apart from Marquez, only American rider Sean Dylan Kelly crashed, having replaced MotoGP-bound Iker Lecuona at American Racing KTM for this weekend.

Race results

ClaRiderBikeLapsTime
1 Brad BinderKTM16 25’30.766
2 Thomas LuthiKalex16 25’31.501
3 Jorge NavarroSpeed Up16 25’31.811
4 Stefano ManziMV16 25’31.951
5 Jorge MartinKTM16 25’38.832
6 Augusto FernandezKalex16 25’39.077
7 Xavi ViergeKalex16 25’40.688
8 Luca MariniKalex16 25’41.851
9 Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed Up16 25’42.505
10 Sam LowesKalex16 25’43.128
11 Mattia PasiniKalex16 25’47.386
12 Dominique AegerterMV16 25’47.926
13 Jake DixonKTM16 25’48.361
14 Enea BastianiniKalex16 25’48.390
15 Remy GardnerKalex16 25’48.601
16 Marcel SchrotterKalex16 25’48.856
17 Lorenzo BaldassarriKalex16 25’49.017
18 Joe RobertsKTM16 25’49.200
19 Marco BezzecchiKTM16 25’50.595
20 Andrea LocatelliKalex16 25’51.044
21 Tetsuta NagashimaKalex16 25’51.064
22 Nicolo BulegaKalex16 25’51.128
23 Somkiat ChantraKalex16 25’51.046
24 Bo BendsneyderNTS16 25’56.498
25 Dimas Ekky PratamaKalex16 25’58.945
26 Philipp OttlKTM16 25’59.158
27 Tommaso MarconNTS16 26’03.383
28 Xavi CardelusKTM16 26’08.047
29 Adam NorrodinKalex16 26’08.176
30 Alex MarquezKalex16 27’00.110
 Sean DylanKTM14 22’52.314
  Lukas TulovicKTM5 8’28.251

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