Darryn Binder masters rain tango with a strong sixth-place finish
At the Argentina Grand Prix, Darryn Binder of the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team showed, that he is a serious contender for the top 10 places, even as a Moto2 rookie, after taking a sensational sixth place in the sprint race, which was shortened to 14 laps.
The South African with the big smile has every reason to be happy on this rainy race Sunday at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo.
Darryn Binder went into the wet sprint race in eleventh place after his strong Q1 and Q2 qualifying. His start went well as the 25-year-old initially managed to hold his position through the first corner, but then he ignited a rocket. Within a few corners and before the end of the first lap, the newcomer to the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team found himself in a fabulous seventh place.
But the story didn't end there. It didn't take long for Binder to fight for fifth position behind Lopez, Canet, Dixon, and Arbolino. In the meantime, he even took up the chase of the leading group in fourth position, which already had a lead of more than five seconds. Three laps before the end of the race, Binder finally had to admit defeat to Garcia in the fight for fifth position.
With this sixth place, the younger brother of MotoGP rider Brad Binder collected his first Moto2 World Championship points and is in good spirits not only to further increase his learning curve from the 14th - 16th of April in Austin but also to be able to further fill his points account.
1. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX
2. Alonso LOPEZ / SPA / BOSCOSCURO – (+0.663)
3. Jake DIXON / GBR / KALEX – (+1.961)
6. Darryn BINDER / RSA/ KALEX – (+12.274)
1. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX / 41
2. Aron CANET / SPA / KALEX / 33
3. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / KLAEX / 29
12. Darryn BINDER / RSA / KALEX / 10