Brad Binder backed up his maiden victory at Jerez from the back of the grid with another win after a smart defensive final lap of the Moto3 Le Mans Grand Prix.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider had lead briefly and worked out a break from the lead pack was not on the cards and instead rehearsed his turn eleven move on the run in to the line over the final laps of the race.

The South African made his move on the penultimate lap and lead the whole last lap with some strong blocking and defensive manoeuvres leaving him to burst across the line in first place despite the best efforts of long time leader Romano Fenati.

With victory Binder increases his lead in the championship standings to 24 points, with a total of 102.

Fenati had looked likely to repeat his win in 2015, starting from the same spot on the grid and spending the most time at the front of the lead group of four with some superb braking as the action at the front of the race repeated the formula from last season.

It was not to be for the The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider who made several attempts to regain his lead over the final corners but was forced to settle for second 0.099 behind winner Binder.

Behind the KTM pair the two remaining riders in the lead group were the Honda Estrella Galicia team-mates - Jorge Navarro and rookie Aron Canet. Both also had their chance at a debut win reaching second behind Fenati over the course of the race before setting into their own battle for third.

Navarro was guaranteed the position on the final lap when a late, hopeful lunge from Canet didn't pay off, leaving him clear to the line and the 16-year-old fourth with a best finish in just his fifth grand prix.

A sore Nicolo Bulega lead the chasing group over the line on the second Sky Racing entry, his huge qualifying crash initially seemed to have slowed him as he hovered at the back of the top ten before a mid-race push saw him battle up to fourth.

He held off top home rider Fabio Quartararo, who finished just behind in sixth for Leopard Racing, his Sky team-mate Andrea Migno in seventh and pole sitter Niccolo Antonelli, who dropped down to eighth for Ongetta-Rivacold, but will be glad of a finish after retiring at the last two rounds.

Jakub Kornfeil lost his place in the lead group when he ran wide and shot up the slip road early in the race but recovered to regain ninth in the race, catching the group ahead too late but holding off his race rival, Leopard's Andrea Locatelli.

Livio Loi was outside the top ten in a distant eleventh for RW Racing GP BV, Francesco Bagnaia was the top Mahindra rider for Aspar in twelfth.

RBA's Juanfan Guevara took the chequered flag in 13th, Khairul Idham Pawi faded after a good start for 14th for Honda Team Asia and CIP's Tatsuki Suzuki collected the final point.

Further down the track the French Peugeot team riders were at war with each othe with SaxoPrint's home rider Alexis Masbou passing his team-mate John McPhee at the line for 19th, the pair finished just ahead of the now team-free and self funded Maria Herrera who rallied after a tough weekend for 21st.

Gabriel Rodrigo, who later crashed and Joan Mir saw their hopes of a points finish evaporate when they were handed ride through penalties for jump starts.

Adam Norrodin was the first to fall, swiftly followed by local rider Jules Danilo at Museum. Karel Hanika and Philipp Oettl inly lasted a handful of laps longer.

Darryn Binder, Hiroki Ono and wild-card Enzo Boulom also fell.

Davide Pizzoli, who was due to be a wild-card and championship regular Enea Bastianini both missed the race.

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