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Spanish MotoGP Sprint Race Results | Wild Binder thrills in fast, furious Jerez victory

Brad Binder has taken his second Sprint Race win of the season defined by a magnificent physics-defying overtake on KTM Factory team-mate Jack Miller in the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.

Despite losing an early lead to Miller, Binder refocused and mounted a fierce attack on his fellow KTM RC16 rider to grab the lead back with three laps to go via a daring - and sideways - outside line overtake at Dani Pedrosa corner.

Though fading Miller would also get demoted to third by Pecco Bagnaia on the final lap, first and third marks a first-ever double premier class podium for KTM.


Following a relatively sedate Sprint Race at COTA, there was to be fireworks from the very start around the historic Spanish circuit after a pile-up in the mid-field at Turn 2 necessitated a red flag.

Triggered when Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez bumped fairings to send both bikes down, an unsighted Marco Bezzecchi had nowhere to go but into the stricken bikes. Though all three were unharmed, a subsequent blaze on Bezzecchi's VR46 Ducati meant the race had to be stopped.

At the time of the stoppage it was Miller and Binder in a 1-2 position, the duo going on to repeat the feat - albeit in reversed positions - at the restart.

Already a Sprint Race winner from 15th on the grid, Binder - in a career-best equalling fourth - made good at the lights to hold the lead early on, Miller slotting in behind despite a couple of swaps of position with an eager Jorge Martin on laps one and two.

Once he'd despatched of Martin, Miller instantly set his sights on challenging Binder for the lead, the Australian coming good with a neat pass on his team-mate into the final corner.

Behind them, defending champion Pecco Bagnaia was now up to third having capitalised on Martin's failed attempt to overtake Miller on lap two, with pole sitter Aleix Espargaro clinging onto fifth place having been bullied down the order through the opening turns.

However, the Spaniard's rotten start to the season would continue with six laps to go when he dropped the front of the Aprilia into Turn 9, Espargaro joining Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami on the retirements' list early on after they too crashed out.

Back at the front, Miller was unable to streak away from the pack and was coming under increasing pressure once more from Binder.

Throwing all kinds of shapes on the RC16 in his attempts to find a way through on Miller, the extra attention of his South African counterpart allowed the KTM pair to start building a small gap on the Bagnaia in third.


It meant Binder was confident enough to attempt a round-the-outside overtake with four laps remaining into Dani Pedrosa corner, though he couldn't quite get the bike stopped enough to haul the front-end back in ahead of Miller.

Undeterred, Binder tried again with three to go, but while he would make it through the corner wide and sideways once more, it put him on the inside line for the next corner, Binder nosing back into the lead.

He'd hold it to the chequered flag too, Binder able to put some air between himself and a big battle for second between Miller and Bagnaia, which eventually went the latter's way when his former team-mate out-braked himself at Dani Pedrosa Corner.

Though not officially counted in the overall statistics, first and third for KTM marks the first double podium for the manufacturer since its debut in 2017.


Martin followed home in a watching brief for fourth place, while Miguel Oliveira upheld Aprilia honours in Espargaro's absence to claim fifth on the RNF RS-GP.

Competing in his first-ever MotoGP Sprint Race, Dani Pedrosa was a strong sixth to complete a landmark day for the KTM team, well ahead of Maverick Vinales, who once again suffered a poor start but was able to beat his way back into the points in seventh.

Johann Zarco was eighth across the line, with Bezzecchi recovering to ninth to secure the final point, thus retaining a three point margin over Bagnaia in the overall standings.

Outside the points, Luca Marini was tenth, ahead of Fabio di Giannantonio and a dejected Fabio Quartararo, who paid for his 16th place starting position to make only progress to 12th. The Frenchman was unlucky though, having made a strong getaway in the first start to run eighth, only for it to be red flagged.

COTA race winner Alex Rins made gains too from 18th but could only get as high as 13th, while Joan Mir suffered his fourth crash of the weekend as the fourth and final rider to DNF.

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2023 Spanish MotoGP Sprint Race Results | Jerez

2023 Spanish MotoGP | Jerez, Spain | Sprint Race Results | Round 4 of 20
1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC1611 Laps
2Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP23+0.428
3Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+0.680
4Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP23+0.853
5Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP+1.638
6Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+1.738
7Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP+3.248
8Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP23+3.380
9Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22+5.711
10Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22+7.015
11Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22+7.174
12Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+7.467
13Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V+9.867
14Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP+11.550
15Stefan BradlGERTeam HRCHonda RC213V+15.455
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+15.849
17Adrian FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC16+15.959
18Iker LecuonaESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V+25.356
19Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC16+25.530
DNFJoan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V
DNFAleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP
DNFTakaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V
DNFAlex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22
WEnea BastianiniITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP23

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