KTM rankings FIRST MOTOGP WIN

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KTM scores first MotoGP win - Photo: LAT

KTM scores first MotoGP win – Photo: LAT

Rookie Brad Binder put in a dominant performance at Brno to claim his and KTM’s first win premier class MotoGP win.

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KTM SCORES FIRST MOTOGP WIN

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By RHYS VANDERSYDE

Franco Morbidelli continued to show Petronas SRT Yamaha’s strong form leading the race early after starting off the front row of the grid.

KTM SCORES FIRST MOTOGP WIN

However, it was Binder on a charge launching from the third row of the grid to harass the back of championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Petronas SRT Yamaha) in the battle for second place during the opening laps. The South African taking the position away from the Frenchman at Turn 3 on Lap 9.

His Red Bull KTM teammate Pol Espargaro also showed good pace and was in contention for a podium position as well, following Binder through the field until contact with pole-sitter Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Ducati) saw the Spaniard crash out of the race.

With just 9 laps to go, Binder dived past Morbidelli to take the lead before building up a comfortable margin of 5.266s to claim his first win in the premier class of MotoGP.

Morbidelli held on for second place while Zarco survived the contact as well as completed a long lap penalty for to round out the podium.

Suzuki’s Alex Rins ended the day in fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) while Quartararo salvaged seventh after struggling for grip in the second half of the race.

Australian Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) passed Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro on the final lap to claim ninth just behind the lead Honda of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR).

11th and 12th were the best that the Factory Ducati riders could muster with Andrea Dovizioso edging out Danilo Petrucci.

Cal Crutchlow (Castrol LCR Honda), Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha), Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda), Tito Rabay (Esponsorama Racing), Bradley Smith (Aprilia) and Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) rounded out the finishers.

MotoGP heads to Red Bull Ring next weekend (August 14-16) for the Austrian MotoGP.

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