Brad Binder dropped to 22nd early in the season-ending Valencia Moto3 Grand Prix. But the reigning world champion, who will move to Moto2 next year, fought his way through the field to take the lead, only to lose it again, setting up a thrilling conclusion to the season.

A mechanical issue saw Binder's engine cut out, causing the near highside on lap 2, but the Red Bull KTM later gave the South African all the power and speed he needed to sign off from Moto3 in style after a fierce six-rider battle on the final lap.

Binder's gap over his nearest title rival of 142 points is now the largest lightweight class margin of victory, beating Sandro Cortese's 111 points from 2012.

Leopard's Joan Mir may have lost the race win as Binder took control on the final lap but the Spanish rider still had much to celebrate as his performance gave him the points advantage to snatch rookie of the year, despite drama in the race as he was forced to drop a position when leading after overtaking under yellow flags.

Andrea Migno was also in contention for Sky Racing team VR46 and equalled his best result in third, though the Italian claimed it to be 'the best day of my life' as his return to the all KTM podium was so hard fought. KTM have now won every Moto3 race at Valencia.

Gresini's Enea Bastianini was unlucky to miss out on a rostrum finish but his fourth place gave him second in the championship.

His team-mate, A disappointed Fabio Di Giannantonio was pushed back to fifth after having the rookie title in his sights, with RBA's Juanfran Guevara the last of the leaders with a career best sixth.

Jakub Kornfeil recovered to seventh after having to drop a place for exceeding track limits. The Drive M7 Sic rider had made his way to as high as fifth after a 24th place start.

Eighth went to Schedl GP Racing's Philipp Oettl, ninth to Estrella Galicia's Jorge Navarro with Aspar Mahindra's Jorge Martin fighting his way to a top ten finish.

Eleventh went to Maria Herrera's impressive replacement Raul Fernandez, with Darryn Binder just behind for Platinum Bay Real Estate in twelfth.

Nicolo Bulega, Nico Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder failed to recover from their 12 place grid penalties, Red Bull's Bendsneyder made the most progress in 13th, with Antonelli and Bulega out of the points in 16th and 17th.

The remaining points instead went to Fabio Quartararo on the Leopard in 14th and Livio Loi who also needed to drop a position in race on his way to 15th for RW Racing.

Pole man Aron Canet was forced to start from pit lane and never recovered, ending his day way down in 19th.

Karel Hanika returned to rgister the top wild-card result in 22nd .

Gabriel Rodrigo took out Francesco Bagnaia, ending his chance of second in the championship, Lorenzo Dalla Porta didn't last much longer, his bike spinning through the gravel with 21las remaining. Marcos Ramirez also failed to finish after he retired to the pits.


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