Darryn happy with comeback progress as he qualifies 13th at Mugello


It was a long-awaited weekend for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team, as it is the first time this season that both Moto2 riders will be on the grid together. After more than seven weeks, Darryn Binder, who had been out with injury, finally returned and is happy with the progress he has made in P13.

Already on Friday, all eyes were on the South African, who was back on his Kalex for the first time since his crash in Austin. The gradual improvement in his lap times over the two days of practice give the 25-year-old a positive feeling for Sunday’s race, in which he will start from the 13th position on row five. It will by no means be easy because the 19-lap race will be a challenge for man and machine.

Darryn Binder
P13 – 1’51.582 (+0.786)

“I am happy with the work we did today and I felt a bit better compared to yesterday too. Some of the muscles started to work again and immediately in FP3, I felt more comfortable on the bike. Going through FP3, Q1, and Q2 I’ve been always really close to the same lap time and that’s good because it feels like I’ve made these steps at the beginning of the year and I know that there is more to come. I am happy and looking forward to tomorrow and then we just have to see how the hand holds up during the race. I’m gonna try my best to find my way into the Top 10and I think that would be a great result for my comeback after such a while.”