Darryn Binder sixth in the Styrian GP after slick tyre gamble
The second half of the 2021 season kicked off with the Moto3 race at a damp Spielberg today for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto3 riders. After taking a gamble on slick tyres, due to the appearance of a dry line in places, Darryn Binder and teammate John McPhee ended the StyrianGP sixth and 13th respectively.
Darryn found himself losing positions at the beginning of the race, having opted for slicks, and dropped from eighth to 17th in the opening laps. With a large amount of wet areas on track, the South African found himself slipping away from the leading group. Able to start lapping faster than the leaders in the final stages, Darryn moved into the top-ten on lap 16 and was able to end the StyrianGP in sixth. This sees him stay sixth in the World Championship with 79 points.
I’m pretty happy and quite proud of myself. I took the gamble because my Dad always told me: ‘luck favours the brave’ and I was pretty set on slicks. I had nothing to lose by doing it and the decision was easy. The only thing I regret is that I couldn’t make it to the top-five, because that’s what my target is for each race. Apart from that, I’m happy. If the race had started ten minutes later it might have been a different story, as the race was really coming to me at the end. It didn’t completely pay off but we live and learn. It was a good race and I enjoyed myself.