Brad Binder takes his second win of the season
Starting from third on the grid, on the opening lap, Brad Binder used the Triumph triple 765cc power to surge into the lead that he held for the entire race on-board his Ajo Red Bull KTM bike. Never looking back, he resisted pressure from the field to take a dominant second Moto2™ victory of the season, crossing the line 0.787s ahead of HDR Heidrun Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro.
After his fourth 2nd place of the season, and three podiums from the last four races, Navarro jumps from fourth to second in the championship point standings, trailing leader Alex Marquez by 38 points with five rounds remaining. Main title rival Augusto Fernandez crashed on the opening lap, meaning that Marquez retains control of the championship with a third place and another podium, his ninth of the season. Coupled with his five wins, no other rider has enjoyed as many trips to the box this season.
Luca Marini, of Sky Racing Team VR46, is the most consistent rider so far, scoring points in all but one race this season. Continuing the streak of records, Alex Marquez also set a new outright circuit best with his pole position lap, and for the second time this season Remy Gardner set a new top speed record at 288.9kmh, the fifth fastest top speed of the year.
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, said: “Aragon showed us yet again how exciting this Triumph-powered Moto2 season is, with the torque and power of our engine delighting riders and delivering such close and unpredictable racing. At this stage of the championship, the 4-rider pack chasing Alex Marquez is separated by only 15 points. Binder, recovering from a slow start to the season has now taken two wins from the last four races, Navarro has featured on three podiums from four races and Fernandez experienced a costly crash and 0 points in Aragon whilst Luthi continues to accumulate points – it’s all to play for and five races still to go. The next rounds are the ‘fly-aways’ in Thailand, Japan, Australia and Malaysia always throw up some surprises so it’s still very open as to whom will become the first Triumph-powered Moto2 Champion.”
The Triumph Moto2™ 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc road motorcycle and produces more than 140PS and the same visceral soundtrack.
Next up for the Moto2 series is the Grand Prix of Thailand, on 6 October. This starts a run of four overseas races throughout October and early November, being followed by Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
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