First 3 points for Darryn Binder at Austin22/04/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finishes the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas in thirteenth place, opening his points account for the 2018 season.
In the third round of the Moto3 World Championship season, Darryn Binder was able to put incidents suffered at previous Grands Prix behind him. The South African claimed his first points of the season at the Circuit of The Americas, crossing the line in thirteenth after never dropping out of the Top 15.
It was not an easy task for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, starting from the fifth row, but he was able to avoid the typical incidents on the first corner and move his way up the order early on, completing the opening lap in tenth. From there, Binder stayed with the second group, in the fight for twelfth position along with other 4 riders. Always running a steady pace, Binder completed the 17-lap race in thirteenth.
With his first 3 points of the year in the bag, Darryn Binder is twenty-second in the overall standings in Moto3. Next up is the first European round of 2018, the Red Bull Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on May 6th.
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 39:12.869
2. Enea Bastianini (Honda) +1.451
3. Marco Bezzechi (KTM) +4.112
4. Andrea Migno (KTM) +4.172
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) +4.186
13. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.532
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2018
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 55 points
2. Aron Canet (Honda) 48 points
3. Marco Bezzechi (KTM) 43 points
4. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 37 points
5. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 33 points
22. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“In Moto3 we took our first points of the season, so we can be happy about that. In some way, I feel we could have got a better result this weekend here in Austin, after the practice sessions we had, but now the important thing is to improve step by step. I am very happy about the work and attitude that Darryn [Binder] is showing, so we truly believe that the best is still to come.”
40 DARRYN BINDER
“I made a pretty good start, latching onto the group at the front, but I wanted to push too early and made a big mistake on the first corner that made me go wide. I got back on track but struggled to pick up the pace riding by myself. Later on, Rodrigo overtook me and I stuck with him. Thirteenth place is not the best result, and I think I could have done better, but at least we completed the race and took our first points, so that we can go to Jerez more confident.”