Darryn takes points on the back of a rocket start in Indonesia
It was an energy-sapping few days for the two riders of the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team as they fought for positions in tropical heat at the Indonesian Grand Prix. Darryn Binder leaves Lombok with another three world championship points thanks to his 13th position.
Having started the race in twentieth place, Darryn catapulted to twelfth position within a few corners, from where the South African tried everything to catch up with the top 10. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old had to admit defeat to several opponents after heated duels. His 13th place in the 15th race of the season gave Darryn three more points, which he wants to increase at the Australian Grand Prix next week by making good use of Friday to lay the foundations so that he can then attack more actively in qualifying.
Moto2 World Championship 2023 – P18 – 31 Points
“I’m happy with how the race went today because I think we had the smallest gap to the leaders over the full race distance this year. Also, it’s the first time this season that I’ve done three races in one year. Overall, I’m quite satisfied. I had a really good start and was able to make up some positions in the first laps, but unfortunately, I didn’t have the pace to fight with the group for a place in the top nine or ten, as I wasn’t really able to fight. Also, towards the end, the rear tyre was getting more and more stressed. So, it was a tough race, but overall, I’m happy with my performance today. In the future, I need to get things right from Friday to be stronger from the start, because being so far back after qualifying and going into the first corner from there is a bit risky. It makes so much work for me, especially in the first laps I had to push hard, and I feel like that definitely didn’t help the tire situation today. Overall Mandalika was a positive weekend and I’m looking forward to Phillip Island, where I’m really enjoying it.”