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MotoGP Phillip Island: Binder holds of Mir in last lap thriller

Brad Binder held off a late charge from Joan Mir to hold onto victory in Phillip Island, as the Moto2 World Championship battle heads to Malaysia.

Starting from the second row, Binder wasted little time in fighting through to immediately get to the front. Binder was part of a leading, then, with five laps remaining, the South African put the hammer down and started to put a gap into the field.

Despite a late charge from Joan Mir and a last lap mistake from Binder, the Red Bull KTM man managed to hold on for his third win of the year by just 0.036 seconds.


A late crash from Lorenzo Baldassarri left the final podium spot to be diced over between Xavi Vierge and Augusto Fernanez, with Vierge getting the better of the Pons rider.

Luca Marini was fifth on his Sky Racing VR46 Kalex, ahead of the brightly coloured Domi Aegerter. Alex Marquez was seventh after surprisingly being passed fit after a nasty crash in qualifying saw him left with possible concussion symptoms.

Jesko Rafin was eighth with Marcel Schrotter and Fabio Quartararo rounding out the top ten.

The two title challengers were battling outside the top ten, with the Portuguese rider getting the better of the Spaniard, however, with his points lead, the single point surrendered by Bagnaia will not bother him.

Bagnaia now heads to Sepang with a 36 point lead, with just two races remaining in 2018.

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