The Moto3 race was 23 laps and the fog had cleared. The only cloud was over Brad Binder who was penalised for KTM using an illegal electronic mapping. He would start the race from 35th place, dead last.
Jorge Navarro led Francesco Bagnaia and Nicolo Bulega to the first turn and the three of them wasted no time in building a gap to the fourth place battle, contested between Joan Mir, Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini. Four laps in, the front three had a two second gap at the front, but further back, Brad Binder, after nearly being taken out by his brother Darryn who clipped his rear tyre into turn one, had fought through to fourteenth place.
Another few laps, another few seconds at the front and another few places for Binder. The front three riders swapped places but this didn't cost them any time as the second group was having its own fights, especially as they were joined by Brad Binder who was in ninth place on lap seven.
Lap eight and Binder was seventh, then sixth, then fifth. Binder despatched Romano Fenati then Joan Mir then Philipp Oettl and on lap nine, he faced a four second gap to the front three.
Binder was half a second a lap quicker than Navarro, Bagnaia and Bulega in front of him, and he caught them by the fourteenth lap, ten laps remaining. On lap sixteen, Binder, like a lion on the weakest gazelle, picked off Nicolo Bulega and slotted into third place. A lap later, he took second off Francesco Bagnaia.
On lap eighteen, Brad Binder thrust deep at the apex at the end of the back straight. Jorge Navarro turned in to the corner only to find a KTM in the spot he wanted and he had to take an evasive line, handing third place to Bagnaia.
From last place to first in nineteen laps, Brad Binder was quick than anyone on the track and on lap twenty, he started eking out a lead.
On the last lap, Binder was over two seconds clear of the fight for second place, carrying the speed he needed to catch the front group and using it to pass and leave them behind.
The fight for second involved lots of places being swapped on the last lap, but it would come down to the last corner with Nicolo Bulega in fourth place watching Jorge Navarro pushing under Francesco Bagnaia and he lunged past the pair for a decisive pass and he larcenously took second place from them and held it down the long straight to the line.
Brad Binder's maiden win was from 35th on the grid and he won by over three seconds ahead of a determined battle.
|14||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Honda||+35.746|
|4||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1 Lap|
|40||Darryn BINDER||Mahindra||7 Laps|
|10||Alexis MASBOU||Peugeot||7 Laps|
|23||Niccolò ANTONELLI||Honda||12 Laps|
|17||John MCPHEE||Peugeot||15 Laps|
|20||Fabio QUARTARARO||KTM||17 Laps|
|44||Aron CANET||Honda||18 Laps|
|98||Karel HANIKA||Mahindra||21 Laps|
|76||Hiroki ONO||Honda||21 Laps|
|55||Andrea LOCATELLI||KTM||21 Laps|
|77||Lorenzo PETRARCA||Mahindra||21 Laps|
|88||Jorge MARTIN||Mahindra||0 Lap|