Last weekend, Pedro Acosta amazed everyone when he won the Doha Moto3 race aboard the Red Bull KTM Ajo team’s KTM, having started from pitlane. An incredible feat, similar to that achieved by a certain Brad Binder back in 2016, while the South African was competing for the same team and at the same track of Jerez.

The penalty after warm-up

Following a warm-up session that was delayed due to fog, Binder was informed of his penalty. A technical violation regarding the ECU used in qualifying meant that the rider had to start from last place, or 30th position on the starting grid.

Number 41 didn’t lose heart though and immediately set out to make up the lost ground. By the end of lap one, he was already up into 21st place, and he continued to set fast lap after fast lap, despite the many riders he had to pass. Roughly mid-way through and he had climbed to fourth, but the leading trio (Bagnaia, Navarro and Bulega) were a fair distance ahead of the rest of the group.

Winning in style

After eighteen laps, Brad reached the leading group and carved his way through to first place. His pace never waned and the South African crossed the line with a good margin, taking the win ahead of Italians Bulega and Bagnaia. This was the Potchefstroom native’s first career win, the rider staying with KTM and now having won also in MotoGP.

Translated by Heather Watson

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