It was not to be for the Brits on home soil after their recent successes, but the way to victory was clear – get ahead of the madness behind you. Binder managed this late on in Moto3, while Luthi pulled away enough to be clear of trouble in Moto2 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
Brad Binder’s last lap break handed him victory and increased his championship lead after a duel with his rookie team-mate Bo Bendsneyder at Red Bull KTM Ajo had been a highlight of the closing laps.
The championship leader pulled away at just the right time to increase his championship lead further – nearest rival Jorge Navarro had been in contention after recovering from his 18th place grid start rapidly but contact with wild-card Manzi ended his race.
Mahindra were back on the podium courtesy of a gutsy ride by Pecco Bagnaia, who turned his pole into a second with his final effort, splitting the KTM pair. Bendsneyder took his first podium in third.
With a huge amount of riders in contention for the win right up to the final lap it was Manzi, starting 34th who was just to miss out on the podium, claiming a fine fourth while holding off top Sky Racing VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega who had to settle for fifth.
Bulega in turn kept at bay the Gresini pair of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini , who were the top Honda finishers in sixth and seventh respectively.
Niccolo Antonelli originally finished in seventh, but was disqualified after his bike was found to not meet weight requirements.
It was left to Aron Canet to save something from Estrella Galicia’s race after looking to be in contention for a win, and he obliged with a smooth ride up to eighth, ahead of fellow countryman Joan Mir who faded after a strong start for Leopard to finish ninth.
Jorge Martin ensured three Mahindras finished inside the top ten by claiming the position for Northgate Aspar Mahindra.
Gabriel Rodrigo started punchily for RBA before dropping back to eleventh, before a long wait for the remaining points finishers.
Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) was next to take the chequered flag in 12th, Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) 13th, Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) 14th while Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) picked up the final point in 15th.
Brno winner John McPhee was out of the points this time in 17th, where he started on the grid, but outlasted his Peugeot team-mate Albert Arenas who fell on the first lap.
Tom Luthi hit the front and smartly took advantage of the rivalries that played out behind him to recover from his huge crashes and missing Brno with a timely victory at Silverstone for Garage Plus Interwetten.
It was the battle between Taka Nakagami and Franco Morbidellli which made it to the chequered flag, with Morbidelli taking the spoils in second for Estrella Galicia Marc VDS, The Japanese Idemitsu rider returning to the podium in third.
For most of the race the battle for the rest of the rostrum had been between reigning champion Johann Zarco and Gresini’s British charge, Sam Lowes.
The pairs duelling turned into a collision, with the Ajo Motorsport man judged to have pushed Silverstone’s pole sitter off track.
With Lowes unable to rejoin, Zarco was still aboard his Kalex and finished the race. He was later handed a 30 second penalty for the incident, which took him out of the points finishers completely.
His actions reduce his championship lead to a far more slender ten points, with Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40) going from looking certain to endure a poor result after riding in pain from his collarbone injury picked up in a training accident after Brno and a poor qualifying (19th on the grid) to working his way through the pack to seventh, with his title rivals both adding zero points to their tally.
Ahead of the Spaniard were Hafizh Syahrin, an impressive fourth for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, Jonas Folger in fifth for Dynavolt Intact GP and Lorenzo Baldassarri, leading the chasing group for Forward racing in sixth, but unable to bridge the gap.
Simone Corsi used his Speed Up to hold of the equally experienced Mattia Pasini (Italtrans), eighth and ninth at the line, with Axel Pons completing the top ten by beating his AGR Team-mate Marcel Schrotter.
The second Dynavolt had a dramatic start with a trip to the pits, but Sandro Cortese recovered for 12th, Tech 3 rider Xavi Vierge faded to 13th, Juliam Simon crossed the finish line in 14th for QMMF, while the 2015 Moto3 winner Danny Kent collected the final point in 15th.
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