Darryn Binder set for first European event of 2018


The Moto3 World Championship heads to Jerez this weekend, for the first of the four Spanish rounds on the calendar.

After a difficult start to the season in rounds held in Asia, South America and North America, Darryn Binder will participate in his first European contest of the season in the Moto3 World Championship this weekend. The 3 points he picked up in the race in Austin have given the South African rider a boost in confidence for the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain, one of four rounds to take place in Spain in 2018. It will be also be the first of 11 consecutive Grands Prix to be held in Europe.

Since his last visit to the Jerez Circuit in preseason testing, things have changed for the better for Binder, as he has been getting closer and closer to the fastest riders in the class. Although his final result of 20th at the Spanish GP last year was disappointing, he did get to lead a World Championship race for the first time, having started from tenth on the grid. This year he will be targeting points at a track familiar to all of the Moto3 field.

The fourth Moto3 race of the year will take place at 11.00 am on Sunday, and is set for 22 laps.

Circuit information – Jerez
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
Constructed: 1986
Modified: 2017


“I’m anxious to get back to racing in Europe. I won’t even have to catch a plane to get to this GP and honestly, it’s something I appreciate. After the last race in Austin I feel a lot better. We were finally able to finish a race, we picked up points and we got a lot of feedback from the bike. This helped me a lot with finding out what things we should work on. I don’t think we have to change much about the bike or my riding style, and it’s simply a case of gaining experience and putting kilometres under my belt. I have good memories of Jerez Circuit, mainly because last year it was where I led a World Championship race for the first time. I hope we can repeat that this weekend and achieve a great result.”