Darryn Binder looks for redemption at Assen27/06/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will aim to fight at the front in the Dutch GP, following a Catalan GP plagued by misfortune.
Darryn Binder is looking to put the recent Catalan Grand Prix behind him and focus on achieving a good result at the TT Circuit Assen, the oldest track on the current calendar, this weekend. Whilst he was unable to claim points in Barcelona a fortnight ago, after contact from a fellow rider eliminated him from the race, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider still has the confidence of previous Grands Prix to fall back on as he targets a strong result at the Dutch GP.
Results for the South African at Assen -which has held a race every year since 1949- have steadily improved since he joined the Moto3 World Championship. Last season he managed to finish in the points, starting from the ninth row of the grid and crossing the finish line in 13th place. The objective this time around is to continue scaling positions in the overall standings. To do this, he must stay in the large head group typical of the Dutch GP, and finish as high up as possible.
For the third consecutive year the race will be held on Sunday, and not on Saturday as had previously been tradition. The 22-lap Moto3 contest will start at 11am local time. The last Red Bull KTM Ajo victory in the class at Assen was in 2015, with current Moto2 star Miguel Oliveira.
Circuit information – TT Circuit Assen
Length: 4.542 m. / 2,822 miles
Width: 14 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m. / 0,303 miles
40 DARRYN BINDER
“I’m really looking forward to Assen; I love this track. It has areas where fast curves and strong braking combines; for example on the last sector, which is my favourite part. I have been training very hard in Spain throughout this week and I feel strong ahead of this eighth GP of the year. My goal is clear: Keep in the lead group and fight to take as many points as possible. My best memory of Assen is from my first year in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, I had never ridden there and in the first Free Practice session I achieved the best time. It’s something curious that I will always remember.”