Darryn Binder unlucky in Argentina08/04/2018
Red Bull KTM rider handles difficult track conditions in Argentina, but crashes after contact from another rider when in fifteenth. He remounts to place 22nd.
The Argentinian GP took place this Sunday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, and Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Darryn Binder had some tricky conditions to contend with in the Moto3 race. The South African was able to adapt well and moved up from 25th to 15th, but contact from another rider with four laps to go cancelled out his progress. Binder remounted and crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
The Moto3 contest was declared wet, but the absence of rain on the starting grid made the lower cylinder class riders weigh up the benefits of each possible tyre choice. Darryn Binder started from Row 9 with the wet tyre option, with his sights set on fighting his way up through the field. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider avoided taking risks at the start, remaining calm and moving up positions as the surface slowly dried out. Binder was into the points with 8 laps remaining, as part of a group of eight riders fighting for 12th place. However, at Turn 5 with 4 laps to go, he was knocked to the ground.
Darryn Binder will be targeting a good result at round 3 of the season: The GP of the Americas in Austin, USA, on April 22nd.
1. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 41:43.822
2. Aron Canet (Honda) +4.689
3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 4.963
4. Enea Bastianini (Honda) +5.818
5. Adam Norrodin (Honda) +9.112
22. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1:17.384
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“It was not an easy race in Moto3. It all started yesterday in the qualifying session because we had a bit of bad luck with the bad weather; when it was time to set a fast lap it was raining and our grid position was not the best for today. During the race Darryn [Binder] improved and did a good job fighting for 12th position. Unfortunately at the end a rider made a mistake and took him down. The race was basically over then, but he got back on track to finish it, even though there was no possibility of fighting for the points. This attitude is important for the future.”
40 DARRYN BINDER
“It was a strange race. The conditions were wet at first but they dried up during the race. Unfortunately I had a slow start; I needed a few laps to feel confident and then I reached the group. I felt comfortable, going faster with every lap. Unfortunately at the end of the race a rider made a mistake and he knocked me down. It’s not the way we wanted to finish because it had already been a difficult weekend and we wanted to get some points. We’ll try again at Austin.”