Brad Binder continued the KTM dominance in the Moto3 Australian Grand Prix as he started both the original and shortened race on pole, and pulled out an almost six second lead to secure his sixth race of the season in a chaotic, crash filled race.

The Red Bull Ajo rider insured KTM have won all the Moto3 races at the Island, breaking free at the front, with only Leopard rider Andrea Locatelli able to go with him before eventually fading.

The Italian equalled his best finish in the class, matching his efforts earlier in the season in Germany.

With ten riders not making the shortened race, the rest of the field all appeared to be in a frantic battle for third where the lead changed every corner.

Rookie Aron Canet had the right timing and pulled to the front to take his first podium finish for Estrella Galicia 0,0, an incredible achievement as one of the fallers in the original start.

Darryn Binder narowly missed out on joining his brother on the rostrum, converting his best qualifying into a career best fourth place finish at the line riding the Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra, the manufacturers top finisher.

Livio Loi fought up to fifth for RW Racing, with Jorge Martin sixth for Aspar Mahindra not far behind.

With just seven previous starts to his name after being brought in to replace Karel Hanika, Marcos Ramirez impressed as he too fought for third, and held the position for a spell on his way to seventh, another massive career best for the Platinum Bay Real Estate man.

Hiroki Ono took eighth at the flag for Honda Team Asia, while Jules Danilo fought hard for ninth, only able to rejoin after the Suzuki factory team helped fox his bike in the pits. Bo Bendsneyder completed the top ten for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Adam Norrodin was also in the points in eleventh for Drive M7 SIC, taking the flag ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

The Frenchman had worked his way up to second before the red flag, but with penalties (running non-homologated ECU software) re-applied to a restart the Leopard rider was again sent to the back of the grid. He too ran third but the battle for that position was so huge, the best he could manage in take two was twelfth.

The remaining points went to Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) in 13th, Philipp Oettl ( Schedl GP Racing) in 14th and Maria Herrera, who looked strong again in Australia in a competitive race for 15th.

With only twenty riders seeing the chequered flag the only other riders to finish were Albert Arenas, Lorenzo Petrarca, Fabio Spiranelli, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and wild-card Matt Barton.

In the original run here were six fallers a the first corner, with Joan Mir, Darryn Binder, Livio Loi, Jorge Martin, Khairul Idham Pawi and Juanfran Guevara all tangling.

The battle for top rookie stagnated early when with Mir already out when Nicolo Bulega also fell when clipped by Quartararo just corners before Fabio Di Giannantonio was hit by Rodrigo, along with Francesco Bagnaia, leaving Bulega leading the trio in the standings.

Aron Canet also fell and Jakub Kornfeil retired before John McPhee's spill took out Andrea Migno and Enea Bastianini, who was then in turn hit by Jorge Navarro while laying on the track. The huge incident caused the race to be red-flagged after six laps. Bastianini amazingly walked away and McPhee was reported to be conscious once in the ambulance.

Jorge Martin gave Navarro a push back to the pits allowing him to restart, but Martin could not then get his bike moving on the grid and started from pit lane.

Niccolo Antonelli crashed out of the opening lap of the restart, while Lorenzo Dalla Porta saw his hopes dashed when he was handed a jump start penalty, completing a disastrous race for the Sky Racing VR46 team.

Navarro's race still ended early only the final lap of the restart after a nudge from Bendsneyder, while a similar fate met Gabriel Rodrigo, who was nudged out of the battle for third into the gravel.

 

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