Solid MotoGP debut for Darryn in Qatar
Darryn Binder delivered an impressive premier class debut in Qatar. After jumping straight from Moto3 to MotoGP, he made a rookie mistake in Qualifying and started last. He pushed right from the word go to make up places, finding himself inside the top 20 on lap seven and making up more and more ground. He was leading the battle of the rookies for several laps in a very strong way, fighting for his first MotoGP point, but finally missed out on it by just 0.012 seconds.
“We finished off the first race in Qatar and overall I’m quite happy. It’s been a difficult weekend with loads of learning curve, there’s not a lot of time in a race weekend to get everything together. Yesterday in the Qualifying I messed up, so today I just wanted to take it step by step and learn as much as I could. I got off to quite an ok start, I was pretty fast in the beginning, so I was making some passes and I was pushing too much for a couple of laps. By lap five I needed to take a step back and find my feet because I had a long race ahead of me. I had a nice battle with Remy (Gardner), I really enjoyed fighting with the rookies, I learned so much throughout the race and by the end, I really wanted to fight for 15th, for the point, but I just missed out. Overall, at least I finished the race, I got 22 laps under my belt now, I know what to expect for next weekend and try again.“