MotoGP Valencia: Binder ends Moto2 career in style

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Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder signed off from Moto2 in style winning a third race in a row, beating out Tom Luthi to secured second in the World Championship at the final round of the 2019 season in Valencia.

Starting from the third row, Binder wasted little time in getting himself up the sharp end of the field, slotting in behind Tom Luthi in second place by the end of the second lap.

With second in the World Championship on the line as well as victory in the final race of the season, the front two remained nose to tail for the duration of the shortened distance before the South African made his first move three laps before the end of the race.

Binder’s move didn’t last as the Swiss rider went straight back past the KTM man and Binder settled back in behind Luthi. Binder made the decisive move on the final lap, before putting five bike lengths into Luthi, giving him victory in his final Moto2 race before his move to MotoGP.

With victory, Binder also wrapped up second in the World Championship, just three points behind World Champion Alex Marquez who ended his season crashing out of fifth position. Jorge Navarro held off Stefano Manzi on the final lap for the final spot on the podium by just 0.140 seconds.

Jorge Martin was fifth on his KTM ahead of Augusto Fernandez whose 10 points helped the FLEXBOX HP40 team wrap up the team title. Xavi Vierge was seventh with Luca Marini, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Sam Lowes rounding out the top ten.