Difficult race for Binder at Brno05/08/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider unable to match his fastest times and completes tenth round of the year in twenty-third position.
Darryn Binder’s return to competition after an injury to his right clavicle and the summer break did not go according to plan. On Sunday at the Automotodrom Brno, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was unable to feel comfortable riding, and ended the race in twenty-third position.
With track temperatures of 42ºC slightly lower compared to the practice sessions this weekend, and with some threatening clouds gathering overhead, the Czech GP got underway at 11am local time. Binder made a good start, gaining a place at the end of the first lap. The South African remained in the leading group until the sixth lap, when he got caught up in a small group unable to make up the gap to the front pack. Along with two other riders, Binder maintained his pace and completed the 18 lap contest in twenty-third position.
After 10 Grands Prix this season, Darryn Binder is twenty-second in the overall standings, with 20 points.
1. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 39:09.124
2. Aron Canet (Honda) +0.112
3. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) +0.339
4. Enea Bastiannini (Honda) +0.560
5. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) +0.771
23. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +12.956
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2018
1. Marco Bezzechi (KTM) 133 points
2. Jorge Martin (Honda) 130 points
3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 116 points
4. Aron Canet (Honda) 112 points
5. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 97 points
22. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 20 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“After a few weeks out of action because of his collarbone injury, it’s been a difficult weekend here at Brno for Darryn [Binder]. He never found a good feeling with the bike throughout the GP, so now we have to analyse what happened and see how we can bring back his confidence. Red Bull and KTM’s home race is coming up, so we hope to do a great job there.”
40 DARRYN BINDER
“It wasn’t a good race for me. I made a good start and I had a good first two sectors, but on the third sector a lot of riders overtook me. When the front group escaped I tried to chase them throughout the race, but the distance was never reduced enough and it was impossible to catch them. I didn’t have the pace that I had set during the first two laps and that’s what hindered my race. The positive thing is that physically I felt good and didn’t notice any pain in my shoulder. We will see what we can do in Austria; we have to improve in qualifying and achieve a better position on the grid in order to be up at the front.”