Unfortunate finale to Catalan GP for Darryn Binder


Unfortunate finale to CatalanRed Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider unable to finish the race after a collision from a rival on the opening lap. GP for Darryn Binder


Darryn Binder had a frustrating Sunday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, crashing out of the Catalan GP on the very first lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was struck by a rival coming into Turn 12, and could not stay up as both his race and 3-Grand Prix points streak came to an unfortunate end.

The race took place under excellent conditions, and Binder made a good start from the seventh row of the grid. The South African was already up into the points positions when he was sent to the ground by the contact from another rider, damaging his bike and making it impossible to remount and rejoin the contest.

After seven rounds of the season, Darryn Binder is twenty-second in the overall standings with 11 points. He will be back in action in two weeks’ time at Assen, for the Dutch TT on July 1st.


Results (Race)
1. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 38:36.883
2. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) +0.167
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) +0.170
4. John McPhee (KTM) +0.257
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) +0.639
DNF. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2018
1. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 103 points
2. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 84 points
3. Jorge Martin (Honda) 80 points
4. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 68 points
5. Aron Canet (Honda) 61 points
22. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 11 points


Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“There’s little we can say about today’s race; these are incidents that can happen in this sport. That’s racing. Obviously it hasn’t been an easy weekend for us in general. We have to analyse what has happened and learn from our mistakes. We will be working hard to achieve a good result at Assen.”

“My race today in Barcelona was over before completing the first lap. I made a good start and I was passing several riders when, unfortunately, a rider ran into me up the inside coming into Turn 12. There was nothing I could do and I ended up going to ground. We were unlucky that the handlebars broke in the crash and I couldn’t go back out on track. These things happen in racing, but all the same it’s annoying. Now it’s time to focus on Assen and do our best there.”