Brad Binder increased his title lead with a thrilling win after a race long duel with rival Enea Bastianini, with the South African needing a last lap attack to take victory at the Moto3 Grand Prix in Misano.

The Red Bull KTM rider only re-took the lead over the final corners and held off the stalking Italian who could not find a way past.

Gresini rider Enea Bastianini spent much of the race at war with his race rival sitting behind comfortably and looking ready to pounce, which he did with four laps to go.

The Honda man looked able to repeat his first ever win, which he took in Misano last season, but Binder turned the tables and took advantage to finish just ahead at the chequered flag.

Bastianini now moves to second in the championship, with Binder increasing his overall lead to a massive 106 points, meaning he could wrap up the championship before the flyaway rounds.

KTM also took the third and final podium spot after an eventful race for Joan Mir

Mir had progressed past Nicolo Bulega but all his hard work on the Leopard to reach the podium places was undone when he was told to drop a place to the Italian for exceeding track limits. He then immediately hit back to regain the place.

Bulega had needed to recover from a bad start and was drifting back as his tyres wore away fastest but was the top VR46 academy rider at their home track for the Sky Racing team in fourth, though he nearly stole third back until he ran wide on the way to the line.

Jakub Kornfeil was nudged wide on his Drive M7 SIC machine mid race and fought hard to get back to fifth, while Andrea Locatelli claimed a new fastest lap of the track on his way to sixth for Leopard.

Aron Canet crossed the line in seventh for Estrella Galicia ahead of Philipp Oettl in eighth for Shedl GP Racing. Behind them a fierce battle for ninth was won by Hiroki Ono, the Honda Team Asia rider keeping Gresini's Fabio Di Giannantonio at bay when it mattered most.

Niccolo Antonelli just missed out on a top ten finish in eleventh for Ongetta-Rivacold, but will be glad of the points after a disqualification in Silverstone, Juanfran Guevara took twelfth for RBA just behind after battling Livio Loi who was forced to settle for 13th for RW Racing.

Jules Danilo was also in the points in 14th on the second Ongetta, as was Andrea Migno in 15th for Sky Racing VR46.

Mahindra's 100th grand prix saw them reach a disappointing high of 16th thanks to wild-card rider Stefano Manzi, who was also fourth for them in Britain.

Fabio Quartararo's assault on the points places ended when he was told to drop back six places during the race for exceeding the track limits. After working his way back to 17th, the Leopard rider was then told to drop another place for the same infringement with three laps to go leaving him 18th overall.

Peugeot again struggled in the dry, with Albert Arenas just ahead of his MC Saxoprint team-mate John McPhee, 19th and 20th respectively.

Jorge Navarro did not start the 2015 Misano race, his debut race around the track did not offer him better fortune, his title hopes all but ended after his Honda's front went and dumped him onto the rumble strip, which left him grimacing in pain.

Wild-card Alex Fabbri and Bo Bendsneyder only lasted on lap before finding the gravel. Maria Herrera followed soon after at turn six.

Gabriel Rodrigo lasted until there were 17 laps remaining, Marcos Ramirez was next to exit the race, retiring to the pits with nine laps left just before Tatsuki Suzuki fell at turn 17. Darryn Binder also retired.

Top Mahindra rider in qualifying, Jorge Martin, missed the race after fracturing his right foot.



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