Darryn finishes #BritishGP in 20th despite drop-off in tyre performance
Like the entire weekend of the British Grand Prix, sunshine accompanied the racing circus on its comeback from the summer break on race day as well. Thereby, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder both made up ground in the 20 laps race at the longest circuit of the calendar.
Darryn, who missed out on some practice time due to two crashes this weekend had a tough race. Starting from P23 on the grid, he found himself in 18th at the end of the first lap, but lost one position again some laps later. When his teammate overtook him, the young South African couldn’t quite match his pace and eventually went back to P20. Nevertheless, he kept his top 20 position to the flag and gained a lot of experience in England.
“I’m glad to get the first race of the second half of the season done and dusted and see the chequered flag. After Warm Up this morning, I realised that it was going to be a tricky race towards the end. I went with the medium rear, I tried riding the hard during FP2 on Friday but unfortunately I couldn’t bring it up to temperature and i didn’t feel comfortable riding it, so I felt much more confident on the medium and I went for that. My riding style has always been trying to gain as many positions as I can from the very beginning, I had quite a good pace at the start but the last five laps, I suffered as I didn’t have the rear tyre anymore. I’ve got a starting point that I can build on from here on now and just keep improving for the rest of the season.”