Darryn Binder back in the points as Assen heralds the summer break
Darryn Binder had to wait a long time to finish a race again after being out of action for many weeks due to injury and then being knocked out of the race twice in a row through no fault of his own. The Moto2 rookie has not been able to put in many miles in the first half of the season, so it was a relief for the South African to finish his second race of the year.
Despite feeling positive and making important steps over the practice sessions, the 22-lap race turned out to be extremely challenging. From the start, the 25-year-old made up three positions and lined up twelfth. He fought tenaciously to finish within the points, which he eventually did in fourteenth place. Two championship points are just the start of making up for lost opportunities after the summer break.
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“I am happy to have gotten a full race distance this time. It was really important today to just ride, do some laps, and try to understand everything again, get a feeling for the bike and tyres.
I am really happy that at least at the end of the race in the last couple of laps, I was able to pick up my pace again and was pretty close to my best lap from the beginning. I feel like we had more potential today but I’m satisfied to have seen the chequered flag again. I learned a lot and I’m ready to work on some things over the break now and then come back to Silverstone and do better. The race itself was good, I had a solid start and found myself in a good group of riders and even felt quite comfortable. Sadly, I made some mistakes in turn 5 putting my bike in neutral which was unfortunate but it was fun battling with the others and ending the race.”