Darryn Binder set for Australian adventure after podium at Motegi24/10/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider more motivated than ever for Phillip Island after claiming first Grand Prix rostrum.
Darryn Binder enjoyed a dream start to the flyaway rounds this past weekend, taking his first podium in Grand Prix racing at the Japanese GP. He will look to build on that third place -as well as his best qualifying placing of the season so far- when the series moves on to Australia. The second stop of the packed triple-header, the race at Phillip Island offers up an opportunity to keep the momentum going.
Improving on the result of the Japanese GP will not be easy, but Binder has a good record at Phillip Island. Whilst several races have been difficult for him, he has enjoyed others, such as the 2016 edition in which he finished fourth and was just a tenth of a second off the podium. The South African will try to set up a good result on Sunday with good Free Practice and qualifying sessions, as he has done at the last two rounds.
The Australian track is a great circuit for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team, as they have a total of four wins there: Sandro Cortese in 2012, Jack Miller in 2014, Miguel Oliveira in 2015 and Brad Binder in 2016.
A change in time schedule means that the 23-lap Moto3 race will start at 1:00pm local time -3am CET- on Sunday.
Circuit information – Phillip Island
Length: 4.448m / 2.764 miles
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900m / 0.559 miles
40 DARRYN BINDER
“We come into the Australian GP in the best possible shape. Besides getting my first podium in Japan last week and fighting for the win right until the end, we have had a very good few weeks and we are very fast and competitive. In addition, this weekend we go to one of my favorite circuits of the entire calendar. In 2016 I was only one tenth off the podium, so after the Japanese GP I am more motivated than ever. I hope to be able to ride in the front group again and fight for the top positions until the end, at a track with totally different characteristics to Motegi.”