Darryn Binder fights back for points in Italy

03/06/2018

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completes the Italian Grand Prix thirteenth after starting from twenty-fifth position.

 

Darryn Binder’s strongest performance of the Italian GP weekend was saved for raceday, as in the 20-lap contest he made a spectacular start and continually challenged for the podium spots. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finished in thirteenth position and made it 3 consecutive races in the points: Austin, Le Mans and Mugello.

The South African had started from the ninth row, in twenty-fifth position. As part of a large group of up to 20 riders, he competed for fourth place as the front three broke away. By the time the eighth lap came around, Binder was up into fourth.

Falling slightly back, he subsequently joined the large third group. Seventeenth with 2 laps remaining, Binder made a last push to gain another four places and cross the finish line thirteenth.

After 6 races, Darryn Binder is twenty-first in the overall standings with 11 points. The team will stay on at Mugello for a test tomorrow.

 

Results (Race)
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 39:20.810
2. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) +0.019
3 Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) +0.043
4. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) +10.948
5. Andrea Migno (KTM) +11.083
13. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.733

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2018
1. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 83 points
2. Jorge Martin (Honda) 80 points
3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 75 points
4. Aron Canet (Honda) 61 points
5. Andrea Migno (KTM) 56 points
21. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 11 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“We got a good result today, but we have to be more consistent with our work, especially in the practice sessions. We have to get more focused in practice and be more consistent over the entire weekend. Darryn [Binder] has shown that he is a good rider in a race, but in series as demanding as the Moto3 World Championship, he must be strong at all stages.
Both the test last Monday at Montmelo and tomorrow’s test here are very important for us, as they will allow us to gain more confidence ahead of the coming races.”

40 DARRYN BINDER
“I have had a lot of problems during this weekend, but when the race started I forgot about everything that had gone before and I went for it. If there is a circuit where you can have a chance from so far down on the grid, then it’s here. I gave everything. I got up to fourth and had a chance of hunting down the front group, but I was riding at 110%, a little over the limit, so I had a lot of trouble keeping that pace up. During the weekend I hadn’t put in these kinds of times. Once I realised that I could not continue in that group and saw that they were moving away from me, I kept fighting. Thirteenth place was the best position I could get.
I know I can do better and today I have shown that I can be fighting with those at the front. If we can start the weekends better, we can be higher up the order. Things are improving, so I will continue to give 110%. Tomorrow we have an important test and then we go to Barcelona, where we tested last Monday.”

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