Darryn closes 2023 season with a difficult Sunday but looks to 2024
Darryn Binder made up an incredible nine positions on the first lap of the 2023 season-closing Valencia GP. The South African started the final 22 laps of the season in twenty-fifth place and quickly moved up to P16. Despite having his eyes on the points, Binder had no choice but to give way and take a lot of risks due to a lack of feeling for his front tyre. Unfortunately, this did not pay off.
The 25-year-old finished the Valencia Grand Prix in 20th position and can looks back on a difficult season with many ups and downs. Darryn finished in the points eight times, with sixth place in Argentina remaining his best result. There is still a lot of potential in the rider placed 20th in the championship, which he has not been able to prove due to numerous and sometimes long injury breaks.
He will use the winter break to review the 2023 season, fully recover from his recent injuries, and start the 2024 season, in which he will once again compete for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team, stronger.
“Unfortunately, it was a very difficult race for me today. After three or four laps, when I had already made up a few positions at the start, I didn’t have the feeling for the front. So, I tried my best, but unfortunately, I couldn’t ride the way I wanted. I took a lot of risks, but it didn’t pay off. I couldn’t do anything other than reel off my laps and bring the bike home. Unfortunately, I was out of the points, and I couldn’t do anything because I missed the feeling for the front end. It’s really sad to end the season like this because it’s been a very difficult season for me. Luckily, I have a great team behind me, and they believe in me. We have another chance next year and 2024 starts tomorrow. There are some big things coming up, with some big changes. So, let’s get back out tomorrow again and forget about what happened today, and start working for next year. I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m also looking forward to the summer break because when I go back to South Africa it’s summer for me. I’m really looking forward to fully healing my body and getting back to 100 percent fitness and then moving on next year!”