Darryn takes fifth in exciting Catalan GP
An exciting Moto3 race in Catalunya, which saw an intense group battle for the podium throughout, saw PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Darryn Binder cross the line fifth.
Darryn maintained his seventh position off the line, but it wasn’t long before he made his way into the lead momentarily. Finding himself swamped in the slipstream, the South African fell back to fifth for a short time but kept himself in the podium fight. As the 21-lap race unfolded Darryn had several short stints in the lead, as he kept himself at the sharp end of the leading group.
With other riders trying to employ tactics at the final corner of the penultimate lap, Binder started the last lap in the lead but was soon swamped at the end of the start-finish straight. Battling hard to recover from eighth, Darryn eventually crossed the line fifth – which brings his points total to 58 and puts him fifth in the championship standings.
I’m actually not happy with how that race went and the antics at the end of it have annoyed me. I wanted to focus on my race, do it my way, but it wasn’t possible. On the last lap I wanted to get my head down and get through the pack. In the end I finished fifth and of course I’d take that over a DNF. It is what it is. I feel like I was the strongest rider today, but when you’ve got people sitting up on the racing line it’s hard to have a good race. I’m really looking forward to getting to Germany now, especially as we didn’t get a race there last year.