Darryn Binder a doubt for Red Bull Spanish GP

05/05/2018

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider suffers a dislocated left shoulder in a crash during qualifying. His participation in the race will be decided tomorrow by a final medical check-up.

 

Darryn Binder had a day to forget at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit this Saturday. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider suffered two crashes, the second of which left him with a dislocated left shoulder, a heavy knock to his right ankle and several bruises. His participation in the Red Bull Spanish GP will be decided by doctors in a final checkup tomorrow morning.

Saturday had begun promisingly for the South African. A technical briefing with his team the previous evening appeared to have found solutions to several problems he had experienced on Friday. On his second lap, he was already quicker than he had been on Day 1. One lap later, he clocked his best time of the session: A 1:48.074. Unfortunately, on his first hot lap after stopping in the garage, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider highsided at Turn 8; although unhurt, he was unable to go back out on track and finished 27th.

On his first hot lap in qualifying for the Red Bull Spanish GP, Binder suffered another crash. It occurred coming out of Turn 4, when he made contact with a rider ahead of him, and resulted in a scary fall. He remained conscious throughout, and he was taken first to the Medical Centre and then to the Clinica Mobile, where he was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, a heavy knock to his right ankle and several bruises.

Should he be cleared to compete, the South African rider will start from 30th on the grid. The 22-lap race begins at 11am local time.

 

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 1:46.193
2. Phillipp Oettl (KTM) 1:46.346 +0.153
3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 1:46.599 +0.406
4. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 1:46.614 +0.421
5. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 1:46.739 +0.546
DNF. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.297 +12.104

 

40 DARRYN BINDER

“I honestly don’t know what happened in the incident. I was just starting my first real hot lap, was coming out of Turn 4 and following in the slipstream of the rider in front of me. I don’t understand what happened, but it was a very big crash. I’m lucky that I haven’t broken anything, but I feel really banged up. The strongest pain is in my right ankle at the moment. It was a really big one. Now I will try to rest up as much as possible, and we’ll see if tomorrow we are lucky and the doctors let me participate in the race.”

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