2019 Sepang Moto2 FP3 Result: Record Breaking Binder

Sepang gave a pretty warm and pretty sunny welcome to the intermediate class, unlike the forecast promised and riders got a full session of testing the limits. With Marquez hinting at a slight advantage on Friday, despite not topping either session, his title rivals were out to chase on Saturday morning. However, the Spaniard had different plans and started his day by breaking his own lap record around Sepang. Chasers eventually reduced the six tenths gap but it took until the final three minutes of the session for a true challenger to appear. Tetsuta Nagashima appeared to be it but a traffic jam in the final turn sent him off course, allowing Brad Binder to steal the spotlight by a fantastic six tenths of a second and an impressive new lap record. That left Marquez settling for second once again but finding comfort in his excellent race pace – less so in the good few moments on replay. A disgruntled Nagashima was left to sulk in third, less than a tenth behind the world championship leader.

Remy Gardner and Tom Luthi joined the top five by being the only other men to post a time within a second of Binder. Fantastic rookie Jorge Martin took some time to warm up and improve on his Friday benchmark but he eventually did and it helped him climb to sixth position, ahead of compatriots Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro and Iker Lecuona. Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten, while Sam Lowes, Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini and Fabio Di Giannantonio secured the final top 14 positions for Q2. The three Italians were particularly lucky as they were all hindered by trips to the gravel trap: the Italtrans rider getting tangled in an incident with Augusto Fernandez, while the SKY rider harmlessly toppled on his own at turn one, as did the Speed Up man at turn eight.

The likes of Lorenzo Baldassarri, Nicolo Bulega, Somkiat Chantra or Fernandez will find themselves looking for a way out of Q1.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'04.769    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'05.402 0.633 0.633
3 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'05.466 0.697 0.064
4 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'05.581 0.812 0.115
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'05.651 0.882 0.070
6 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'05.775 1.006 0.124
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'05.798 1.029 0.023
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'05.812 1.043 0.014
9 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'05.906 1.137 0.094
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'05.918 1.149 0.012
11 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'05.931 1.162 0.013
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'06.166 1.397 0.235
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'06.177 1.408 0.011
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'06.178 1.409 0.001
15 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'06.187 1.418 0.009
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.202 1.433 0.015
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'06.228 1.459 0.026
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'06.284 1.515 0.056
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'06.440 1.671 0.156
20 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'06.499 1.730 0.059
21 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'06.577 1.808 0.078
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'06.672 1.903 0.095
23 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'06.720 1.951 0.048
24 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'06.725 1.956 0.005
25 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'06.876 2.107 0.151
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'06.919 2.150 0.043
27 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'07.684 2.915 0.765
28 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'07.766 2.997 0.082
29 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'07.808 3.039 0.042
30 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'08.142 3.373 0.334
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'08.417 3.648 0.275
  72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'22.796 18.027 14.379
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Go Binder ! Why is there no articles written or Binder mentioned more? Yes he’s got the Officail KTM motogp seat (let’s not debate the Olivier vs Binder story) lots of opinions an maybe politics  this. Let’s say they Both are proper class an either would have deserved this seat. 

But we have seen articles on plenty of up an coming guys (deservedly so) Guys that are in moto go seats as well but nothing really about our SA 🇿🇦 Guy ? Who’s quietly (and sideways) been riding fantastically really now that bike is much better than season started? I hear the commentators talk about him with great respect but really he doesn’t get the credit in articles here on this ? He’s been the top KTM moto 2 rider since beginning of season An riding way way over the limit of that bike yet there seems to be a quite nod of well done an we move swiftly on to riders who show a inch of promise an we have a history report of how good they are from the time they left their dad an ended with mom??Again please these guys are top quality An have great futures... so not taking a dig at them at all? 

I read the comments from this (great awesome content BTW👌🏻👌🏻) an hope to see something about our boys (SA) guys but not much really ? 


I need to write more about Moto2. Binder has been impressive indeed. More about him, and the other Moto2 riders soon, I hope