2016 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: The Cream Rises To The Top

A nervy morning where all the eyes were on the world title’s faith started off with the main actors at the forefront, the only men to stop Brad Binder from making history contesting the race lead for its entire length. And they put up a respectable fight but, in the end, the unavoidable happened and South Africa crowned their first world champion since Jon Ekerold in 1980. With the title wrapped up, Jorge Navarro had to settle for an excellent win, joined on the podium by Binder and Enea Bastianini.

Poleman Bastianini had a great start while Binder was already attacking the front row starters. But there was no peace and quiet for the Italian as Navarro took the lead by lap two, the duo breaking away slightly from the chasing group led by Binder and including Philipp Oettl, Gabriel Rodrigo and Aron Canet, the top six already over a second away from the rest.

By lap six, Binder decided to throw himself in the battle for the lead, constantly switching places with Bastianini as Navarro tried to build a gap at the front. The mission was unsuccessful as Oettl didn’t need much of an invitation to join the podium fight either, taking the lead with thirteen laps to go, as the top ten was bunching together once again. The group also included an impressive Joan Mir, who jumped from twenty-fifth to eleven on the first lap.

Very efficient slipstream zones meant that not one rider managed to hold the lead for too much, Binder hitting the front for the first time with twelve laps to go and Fabio Di Giannantonio sampling his favourite hobby of the weekend: chasing the tail of the South African. Bastianini didn’t let his teammate have too much fun but a few mistakes saw both him and Navarro dropping back slightly from their championship rival.

With seven laps to go, Binder looked to get himself into a bit of trouble as Di Giannantonio took the lead with the benefit of a slipstream, Binder finding himself pushed back into the claws of his main rivals. He wasn’t worried for long, the world championship leader back to the front two laps later, the top four including Bastianini, Di Giannantonio and Navarro breaking free from the rest of the top eleven led by Mir. The impressive Spaniard held position to finish the race fifth.

In the final three laps, Binder ran wide and dropped to the back of the little group, Navarro needing no invitation to take the lead and leaving the title battle in murky waters. The last lap became the usual Moto3 insanity, Binder doing his best to claw his way back onto the podium. Starting the last lap fourth, the South African fought with Di Giannantonio and Bastianini to cross the line second, barely three hundredths of a second behind the winner.

With the world champion decided, Navarro’s win brought him back in second position in the standings, ahead of Bastianini, Bulega losing a bit of ground and dropping behind Joan Mir due to an unfortunate crash early in the race.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 39'56.973
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM +0.030
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.107
4 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.162
5 36 Joan MIR KTM +1.724
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra +1.903
7 44 Aron CANET Honda +1.979
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +3.008
9 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +3.101
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +3.559
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +3.594
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM +6.883
13 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot +9.742
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +9.758
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +9.776
16 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra +9.931
17 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM +13.358
18 11 Livio LOI Honda +13.645
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda +18.776
20 76 Hiroki ONO Honda +22.193
21 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra +22.800
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda +30.459
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +30.749
24 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot +36.510
25 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM +43.028
26 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra +43.441
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra +43.478
28 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +1'10.624
29 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra +1'14.198
30 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO Mahindra +1'45.935
    Not Classified    
  43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 11 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 0 Lap
  84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 0 Lap
  3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 0 Lap


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Congrats to Brad Binder. Well done young man and the team. It has been a tough old road for the family whose country and continent don't even host a GP round since God knows when. Exceptional battle to win a race for a title basically wrapped up anyway. .03 between Jorge Navarro and Binder. Enea Bastianni was equally classy. Young Fabio DiGiantonio put up a brutal fight. Once those four had broken the pack, I was half heartedly hoping Binder would just hold station, wait for the crash fest in front, or just pick up big points and wrap it up in Japan. Then I thought about Eddie Lawson saying that 'comming second is like kissing your sister... it doesn't count'. I have to hand it to Navarro and Bastianni, they have been Binder's equal at every event, the difference has been the ruthless consistency of Binder.

I hear he will be running some tests on the KTM M2 tomorrow, so I guess the title celebrations will be rather muted and business as usual within KTM on the good 'morrow.




Congrats to Binder although I doubt he/they read comments on these sites. I hope his talent translates into good results  in Moto 2.

Moto 3 seems to have better talent than what I see in Moto2 imho. Moto2 just bores one to death, unlike MotoGp and Moto3.

Good job for Crutchlow in Motogp. A man with some character to him. Wish he'd have stayed with Ducati, then they'd have had a rider at the top.