Brad Binder will need to serve a Long Lap penalty during the forthcoming Valencia MotoGP race, as punishment for a collision with Jack Miller on the opening lap of Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix

Starting just behind Miller in 15th, the MotoGP rookie hit the back of the Pramac Ducati rider on entry to Turn 2, taking them both down and out. Binder admitted responsibility afterwards, apologising to Miller and his Pramac team. 

“It was a big mistake on my behalf and I’m so sorry to wipe out Jack’s race. I want to apologise not only to my team but also to his,” Binder said.

The South African, winner at Brno, added that he was especially frustrated to have done a similar thing twice, having previously caused Miguel Oliveira to fall at Turn 1 in Andalucia. 

While unpunished at Jerez, the FIM Stewards ruled that at Aragon the factory KTM rider was ‘found to be riding in an irresponsible manner, causing a crash’ and thus guilty of ‘contravening’ the rule that states ‘Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors of participants’.

A Long Lap penalty usually costs a rider around 3-4 seconds depending on the circuit.

Binder’s third non-score of the season has left him twelfth in the world championship, but with Repsol Honda’s Alex Marquez also crashing out the pair remain tied on points for Rookie of the Year honours with three rounds to go.

Miller’s fourth DNF has left him ninth in the standings.


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