Darryn finishes 22nd in Jerez, caught in another rider’s incident
It proved to be a frustrating Moto3 race at Jerez for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, with Darryn Binder finishing 22nd after being caught up in another rider’s incident at the final corner of the race.
A great start from Darryn saw him gain three places off the line and claim fourth on the opening corner. With good pace, the South African claimed more places and momentarily took the lead on lap nine. Staying within the fierce fight for the podium places throughout the entirety of the race, Darryn looked to be in prime position to pounce on the final lap but, through no fault of his own, was caught up in another rider’s crash at the final corner. Binder was able to get his bike across the line in 22nd and now sits 6th in the world standings with 36 points.
This morning I still wasn’t feeling the best after my crash yesterday, but I had good speed and rhythm so I was feeling positive for the race. It got off to a good start and I was sitting in the lead group, but then I was struggling in the middle part. Physically I was feeling a little uncomfortable, but I was able to regroup towards the end and move towards the front again. As always with Moto3, there were some close calls around me, which interfered a bit with my plan and meant I was further back on the last lap then I would have liked to have been. In the final corner I just had nowhere to go and was cleaned out by another rider who crashed. I’m so disappointed and there was nothing that I could have done, but at least we have shown that even on rough days we can be strong. Roll on Le Mans.