South Africa's Brad Binder misses out on Valencia podium after stellar drive to fifth

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Brad Binder had a return to form in Valencia after cutting through the field to finish mere seconds off a podium position.
• Brad Binder finished the Valencian Grand Prix in fifth place.

• The South African had a difficult start, but made up places as the race progressed.

• KTM the top brand in MotoGP with all three KTM RC16s in the top six.

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For the fifth time in 2020 MotoGP, the series negotiated back-to-back meetings with round fourteen of fifteen taking place at the flat, tight and curvy Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. Red Bull KTM started the sunny but breezy 27-lap Grand Prix with three riders in the first ten positions on the grid: Pol Espargaro heading the trio on his KTM RC16 in 5th spot.

When the red light vanished on Sunday afternoon, Espargaro immediately vied for the lead and then established a strong pace to hold third behind Pole-sitter Franco Morbidelli and Jack Miller. The Spaniard had to deal with pressure from Takaaki Nakagami but then had breathing room when the Japanese rider crashed entering the final corner.

At the finish line, Espargaro was just three seconds away from Morbidelli's rear wheel. His third position represents a…
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