Back-to-back podiums for Darryn Binder in Losail
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Darryn Binder made it two podiums from two races after finishing the Grand Prix of Doha second, just 0.039secs shy of victory.
Darryn made the perfect start, taking the lead on the first lap. With the top positions changing hands on nearly every lap, due to the slipstream effect, the South African stayed within the leading pack early on, constantly challenging for the lead. Darryn was forced wide on Lap 11, which dropped him to 13th, but was quickly back within podium contention. A dramatic last few laps ended with Binder taking his second consecutive podium, as he crossed the line in second, which also puts him second in the championship standings.
It was a really crazy race with some seriously close calls! At the beginning I was quite comfortable at the front and later on I thought that the leading group was smaller, but I soon realised it wasn’t. On the last lap I tried to get the hammer down to launch an attack on [Pedro] Acosta, but I just couldn’t quite do it. I’m so stoked to make it two podiums in a row though! My bike was insanely good and I just can’t thank the team enough. I’ve never felt this good in this class before. I feel strong in every session and feel like I can just go out and do what I need to do. I can’t wait to get to Portugal and get the next race underway.