Points finish for Darryn despite #BritishGP long lap penalty
In completely different conditions to qualifying, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team completed the 17-lap race at the Silverstone Circuit, with Darryn Binder celebrating a world championship point.
Darryn received a long-lap penalty for a contact with local hero Jake Dixon, who crashed as a result. Considering the race situation, this was a harsh penalty for the South African, who had already been taken out of the race twice this season through no fault of his own by other riders. Nevertheless, he completed his penalty without any problems, fought his way back thanks to his pace and took up the chase of his teammate. The 25-year-old stalked ever closer and took the opportunity two laps before the end of the race to snatch 15th place and with it the last championship point up for grabs.
Darry and the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team learned a lot from this changeable Silverstone weekend and the IRTA test scheduled for Monday will provide further insight and progress that they can take with them to the Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place from the 18th – 20th of August at the Red Bull Ring.
“Not the best race today. I suffered from the contact with Jake, which from my point of view was a pure racing incident. There was no way for me to see him on the outside. I don’t even know how he got there because it’s not the place for a pass. It was definitely not my intention to touch him and I can’t shake the feeling that I was punished for my past rather than for today’s incident, in which I absolutely could not have done anything differently. But, I got a penalty, served it, and rode to bring the bike home after that. I’m happy that we’re testing tomorrow, so we have a chance to work on some things and improve.”