Darryn fights back through the Austrian GP field to take ninth
The Moto3 race at a sunny and warm Spielberg saw PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Darryn Binder and teammate John McPhee work their way through the field, Darryn eventually finishing the Austrian GP in ninth.
After maintaining his 17th place off the line, Darryn quickly got to work making his way through the field and was inside the top-ten on lap 4. Settling into a good rhythm in seventh, the South African started to chase down the top-six and joined the leading group on lap 14. Running with team-mate McPhee for the majority of the race, Darryn was unable to stay with the riders ahead and was ninth at the chequered flag. With 86 world championship points, he sits sixth in the riders’ standings.
It was a difficult race. Starting 17th is never fun and I thought it was going to be easier to get to the front. Unfortunately there was that break in the group and, although I was chasing as hard as I could, I just couldn’t catch them. Luckily John was right behind me and when he came through he brought us up to the group. Once I had the slipstream I passed two or three guys, but I didn’t have the speed to stay there. A break appeared again and I just couldn’t catch back up. At the end I was slowly starting to get back again, but we just didn’t have the speed today. I tried my best but it is what it is. I’m now looking forward to racing again at Silverstone, after not going there for two years.