Tough Italian GP qualifying for Darryn Binder

02/06/2018

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider unable to find good feeling in qualifying session at Mugello, and will start tomorrow from the ninth row.

 

On Saturday at Mugello, Darryn Binder was not able to take the necessary steps forward to continue ascending the timesheets. The South African could not get comfortable enough to ride among the fastest riders, ending the session in twenty-fifth position. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider hopes to make a good start tomorrow and try to repeat the great result he took last year, when he was fourth.

The 40-minute FP3 session was undertaken with a clear objective for Binder, who was looking to find a fast race pace. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider planned a two-stop strategy for the last Free Practice session of the weekend, always running used tyres, to try to work in conditions most similar to those expected for Sunday. He set a best lap of 1:58.853 that placed him twentieth.

Binder had reserved two sets of new tyres for qualifying, used on his first and third stints. However, he was not able to get the most out of them, as he could not find the optimal conditions to go faster at any time. Although he lowered his best time of the weekend on his final attempt, this placed him twenty-fifth -1:58.181-, for a spot on the tenth row.

The sixth Moto3 race of the year, which will start at 11am local time, will be contested over a total of 20 laps. In the Italian GP, Binder will try to score points for the third consecutive race.

 

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 1:56.634
2.Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:56.824 +0.190
3. Ayumu Sasaki (Honda) 1:56.844 +0.210
4. Aron Canet (Honda) 1:56.858 +0.224
5. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 1:56.875 +0.241
25. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.181 +1.547

 

40 DARRYN BINDER

Today was a difficult qualifying session. I struggled a lot during the whole session. Despite giving 100%, I didn’t manage to set a good lap at any time. I couldn’t go fast because I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike. In addition, it is very important to find a good slipstream on the long straight at this track, and I never got one. I hoped things would go better and I would be able to make more progress than yesterday. The result is what it is, the important thing will be tomorrow in the race. I’m sure it won’t be easy, but I don’t want to rule out any option. We still have time to get a good result at Mugello.

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