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MotoGP Spanish GP: Binder wins wild sprint from Bagnaia

KTM’s Brad Binder won his second MotoGP sprint race after triumphing in a wild Saturday contest at the Spanish Grand Prix that was red flag interrupted.

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

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Binder locked horns with team-mate Jack Miller for victory in the sprint race, making a decisive move on the penultimate tour before scampering 0.428 seconds clear to the chequered flag.

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia was second after passing Miller on the last lap to close to three points off the championship lead, after VR46 Ducati’s Marco Bezzecchi could only manage ninth in a chaotic afternoon.

The 12-lap sprint was red-flagged on the opening lap after Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli made contact with Alex Marquez at Turn 2 and tipped both into a crash.

Morbidelli’s errant machine found itself in the path of Bezzecchi, who could do nothing to avoid it and also went down. Tech3 GASGAS rider Augusto Fernandez had his own incident at the crash site.

A fire on Bezzecchi’s Ducati forced the race to be stopped. All riders were able to take the restart, which was run over 11 laps.

Miller grabbed the holeshot off the line from poleman Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia at the original start, and at the restart it the latter found himself overhauled by both KTM’s again.

This time it was Binder who took the lead from Miller, while both Pramac’s Jorge Martin and Bagnaia quickly moved Espargaro down to fifth across the opening lap.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Photo by: Miquel Liso

Miller and Martin engaged at Turn 9, with the Pramac rider taking second before Miller retaliated into the Dani Pedrosa corner at Turn 6.

Martin tried to repeat his Turn 9 move seconds later, but ran slightly wide and allowed Miller to come back into second.

Miller proceeded to hunt down team-mate Binder and took the lead from him into the last corner at the end of lap three.

The Australian held firm until lap nine, when Binder launched his first attack as he tried to outbrake his team-mate into Turn 6.

Binder got all out of shape and couldn’t hold the line. He made a similar attempt on lap 10, and though he ran wide at Turn 6 he was able to scythe up the inside of Miller at the following corner.

Once in the lead, Binder immediately pulled away by four tenths as Miller fell victim to Bagnaia’s advances at Turn 6 on the final lap.

Martin hoped to capitalise on the battling ahead but had to settle for fourth, as RNF Aprilia’s Miguel Oliveira fended off KTM wildcard Pedrosa, who completed the top six in his first ever MotoGP sprint race.

Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Maverick Vinales was seventh at the chequered flag on his Aprilia, as team-mate Aleix Espargaro crashed out of fifth on lap six.

Pramac’s Johann Zarco and Bezzecchi took the final points on offer in the sprint down to ninth, with the sister VR46 Ducati of Luca Marini 10th.

Fabio Quartararo was the big loser of the red flag. The Yamaha rider leaped up from 16th to eighth in the first two corners of the original start.

But he couldn’t repeat this in the second start and struggled to 12th behind Gresini’s Fabio Di Giannantonio and LCR Honda’s Alex Rins.

Morbidelli was 16th in the end following his lap one crash in the original start, while Alex Marquez crashed out.

There were falls for Honda duo Joan Mir and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR), while Marc Marquez’s injury stand-in Iker Lecuona was 18th in his first MotoGP start since 2021.

Ducati’s Enea Bastianini was a non-starter after withdrawing from the Spanish GP weekend due to injury earlier today.

MotoGP Spanish GP sprint race results:

Cla Rider Bike Gap Interval
1 South Africa Brad Binder KTM    
2 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 0.428 0.428
3 Australia Jack Miller KTM 0.680 0.252
4 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 0.853 0.173
5 Portugal Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 1.638 0.785
6 Spain Dani Pedrosa KTM 1.738 0.100
7 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 3.248 1.510
8 France Johann Zarco Ducati 3.380 0.132
9 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 5.711 2.331
10 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 7.015 1.304
11 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 7.174 0.159
12 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 7.467 0.293
13 Spain Alex Rins Honda 9.867 2.400
14 Spain Raúl Fernández Aprilia 11.550 1.683
15 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 15.455 3.905
16 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 15.849 0.394
17 Spain Augusto Fernandez KTM 15.969 0.120
18 Spain Iker Lecuona Honda 25.356 9.387
19 Germany Jonas Folger KTM 25.530 0.174
20 Spain Joan Mir Honda    
21 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia    
22 Spain Alex Marquez Ducati    
23 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda    

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