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Binder wins Austrian GP after tire gamble pays off

South African Brad Binder delivered a sensational home Austrian Grand Prix win for his KTM team yesterday after a late, crazy gamble to stick to slick tires on a wet and slippery track paid off.

As the rain came down and the top five MotoGP riders peeled into the pits at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring to switch to bikes shod with wet tires, sixth-placed Binder stayed out and hung on in the downpour for three wild laps. Ducati’s Italian factory rider Francesco Bagnaia, who had led for much of the race and was one of the frontrunners who pitted, roared back through the field to take second place but was a full 9.991 seconds behind. Spanish pole-sitter Jorge Martin, on the Pramac Ducati, finished third. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha could only finish seventh but that did not prevent him from increasing his lead in the world championship from 40 to 47 points. He benefitted from the fall of his compatriot Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati, who was running second at the time. Zarco slipped to fourth in the standing, two points behind Bagnaia and the Spaniard Joan Mir on a Suzuki, who finished fourth. The next round will take place at the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain on August 29.


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