Tough Saturday for Darryn as he is beset by electronics problems in Qaulifying


In qualifying for the Portugal Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team-mates Darryn Binder and teammate Senna Agius secured starting positions with potential despite a number of hurdles. Darryn has work ahead of him, starting from 20th place on row seven but is highly motivated.

Darryn’s mood is understandably dampened after a rather mixed Saturday, as electronic problems prevented the South African from getting the full power out of his Kalex in Q1. Nevertheless, he managed a lap time of 1’42.676, which unfortunately was not enough to progress to Q2. Ahead of the 21-lap race, which kicks off on Sunday at 13:15 (CET), the 26-year-old is hoping to storm into the points despite a difficult starting position on row seven. At the same time, tyre choice and tyre management will once again be crucial.

Darryn Binder
P6 (Q1) – 1’42.676 (+0.612)

“Today was a bit of a difficult day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get straight into Q2 this morning. So, I had to go into Q1, where unfortunately I had minor problems with the electronics, so I wasn’t able to ride and perform the bike the way I wanted to, and I wasn’t able to pass other riders. So tomorrow I have to start the race from a terrible grid position, and I have a lot of work to do. But it will be an interesting race because, as we saw in Qatar, tyre choice is crucial and also managing it. Therefore, I will go out tomorrow and try to do my best. I will try to gain as many positions as possible and use all the information we have gathered over the course of the weekend in the race.”