Senna Agius strong fifth in thrilling Barcelona GP

This was a Barcelona Grand Prix that LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 rider Senna Agius will certainly remember, after the Australian finished a brilliant fifth place despite a long lap, his best result to date. Team-mate Darryn Binder secured two points with 14th place.

Some race Sundays are simply something special. This was also the case on the 26th of May when none other than Moto2 rookie Senna Agius achieved his best World Championship result to date in the Grand Prix of Barcelona. However, the way there was anything but easy because even though the Australian made up three positions at the start, he first had to make it through the 21-lap race on the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona. Agius made his way up to eighth place but ran over the track limits several times in the process. After the track limits warning, he adjusted his line choice but was then pushed wide by an opponent and received the penalty as a result, which he quickly completed and rejoined the race in seventh place. From then on, the pursuit of the group in the battle for fourth place began. Although the youngster lost a final duel against former Intact GP rider Jeremy Alcoba, he gained a lot of self-confidence as well as his personal best result and eleven world championship points, which saw him rise from 19th to 16th in the world championship standings and further underpin his position as the leader of the rookie classification.

For Darryn Binder, the Barcelona GP is probably one of those that he would like to tick off quickly. During the three days in Catalunya, the South African struggled badly and even though he got away well from the start in the race, making up three positions, his pace was not sufficient to pose a threat to the top 10. Thanks to a number of crashes and long-lap penalties, the 26-year-old finished fifteenth after a battle with Jaume Masia, but was then classified fourteenth due to Marcos Ramirez's disqualification and took home important championship points for the second time in a row.

The next race in Mugello is already on the agenda next Sunday, where both Moto2 riders will be looking to improve further.


1.   Ai OGURA/ JPN/ MT Helmets - BOSCOSCURO 
2.   Sergio GARCIA/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – (+3.816)
3.   Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – (+9.186)
5.   Senna AGIUS/ AUS/ KALEX – (+12.593)
14. Darryn BINDER/ RSA/ KALEX – (+24.747)

World Championship
1.   GARCIA Sergio/ SPA – 109
2.   ROBERTS Joe/ USA – 89
3.   OGURA Ai/ JPN – 88
16. AGIUS Senna/ AUS – 16
22. BINDER Darryn/ RSA – 5