Tough QP for Binder at British GP25/08/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider will start from the ninth row at Silverstone tomorrow, after a rain-hit qualifying session.
Intermittent rain played a key role in the second day of action at the British GP. In the Moto3 qualifying session, the riders had to remain in the garage for more than 15 minutes as they waited for the track to dry out. Although his improvement with respect to Friday was significant, Darryn Binder had to settle for 27th place on the grid at Silverstone.
The mixed conditions of the asphalt first thing in the morning meant the riders were prudent on their initial stints. Binder waited nine minutes before going out on worn tyres, analysing the damp patches firsthand. Once the track dried out, the South African returned to the pits before completing a long run of 7 laps, setting the fourteenth fastest time of session -2:17.806.
Qualifying started with rain seemingly imminent. The Moto3 riders focused on putting in their fastest time as soon as possible, and Binder clocked his best lap of the weekend on his first attempt, lowering his previous top time by more than 2 seconds. After his first visit to the garage, with 20 minutes remaining, the rain has made an appearance. The resulting pause in proceedings meant he had just 5 minutes more of dry track time at the end, on slicks, and he would remain in 27th with his 2:15.424 lap.
Tomorrow Darryn Binder will focus on making another trademark comebacks to get the best possible result. The 17-lap British GP takes place at 13:00h local time.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Jorge Martin (Honda) 2:13:292
2. Jaume Masia (KTM) 2:13.293 +0.001
3. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Honda) 2:13.313 +0.021
4. Albert Arenas (KTM) 2:13.443 +0.151
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda) 2:13.574 +0.282
27. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:15.424 +2.132
40 DARRYN BINDER
“Today was a strange day. Yesterday we struggled a lot, and we were far from the pace we wanted. Unfortunately, this morning the track had many damp patches, so we didn’t get the opportunity to really test the bike in the dry. Even with these track conditions, I could see that we had taken a small step forward. In the qualifying session I started out riding faster than I had done during the whole weekend, but it was still not enough. Then the rain came; we were waiting to see if the track would dry out or not and at the last moment we went back out with slicks. I didn’t read the conditions well and I was not sure if it was completely dry or not, so for this reason I couldn’t go faster. We must forget about today and look ahead to tomorrow’s race. We’ll see what the weather is like tomorrow, but regardless if it rains or not, we have to make a fightback.”