Darryn Binder tests out new Silverstone asphalt


Red Bull KTM Ajo rider goes 28th overall to start the British GP weekend, adjusting to the track conditions at Silverstone.


The twelfth round of the Moto3 season began with an unexpected protagonist, as the new track surface at Silverstone had a big say on Friday’s action. The Moto3 riders were the first to try this new asphalt, re-surfaced earlier this year, and did not have a positive feeling with it. Darryn Binder was down in 28th place overall on day one.

Under a surprisingly sunny sky and a track temperature above 17ºC, FP1 was used to spot the numerous bumps around the British track. With a one-stop strategy at the longest track on the calendar, Darryn Binder placed 20th -2:17.646- after completing 14 laps.

In the afternoon, Darryn Binder ran used tyres and did not change them throughout FP2, completing more than race distance. This in addition to the bumps on the track and the light rain that fell midway through the session, hampered the work of the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. In the end, the South African could not improve his FP1 time, having to settle for 28th place -2:17.701-.

Tomorrow, Darryn Binder and his team will seek to improve their feeling from Friday and fight for a position that will allow them to fight for points. Qualifying will start at 12:35pm local time.


Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 2:14:257
2. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 2:14.256 +0.008
3. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 2:14.462 +0.205
4. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) 2:14.732 +0.475
5. Aron Canet (Honda) 2:14.954 +0.697
28. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:17.646 +3.389


“The asphalt is new but there seem to be more bumps than before; to be honest there hasn’t been any improvement. FP1 was about putting in a lot of kilometres, but unfortunately in FP2 a few drops of rain fell at the midway point; it didn’t last long, but it was enough to change our plans. I struggled a lot to be fast in the afternoon, and we will have to work very hard tomorrow to find a setup that works with the characteristics of the asphalt. There are bumps everywhere -even on the straight- but it’s the same for every rider and we have to work to solve that problem. I have to adapt to the track and work especially on cornering and corner exit. We have room for improvement.”