Darryn Binder: "We have to take the positives with us."

In the Moto2 Grand Prix of Italy, which was reduced to 12 laps, LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 rider Darryn Binder made a very good start from fifth on the grid, but unfortunately, his battle in the leading group was over sooner than he wanted in the middle of the race. Moto2 rookie Senna Agius finally finished the Mugello sprint in seventeenth place and will take many insights with him into the short summer break before the Assen Grand Prix.

Up until lap 6 of the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, Darryn Binder had a thoroughly liberating weekend. Then fate struck, but it did not undermine the upward trend that had been recorded up to that point. After his strong qualifying, Binder started from row two in fifth position, from where he got away very well and held his own in third place in the first laps. The 26-year-old fought tenaciously in the midst of the seven-man leading group but lost a few positions towards the middle of the race and fought his way back to fourth position when a small mistake ruined everything. In turn 8, the infamous Arrabbiata, the front of his Kalex slipped, which was badly damaged in the crash. Despite the personal disappointment, the former MotoGP rider takes many positive impressions with him and is nevertheless pleased about the important development steps that he has taken this weekend together with his crew and which should also form the basis for a successful Assen Grand Prix in four weeks' time.

For LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team-mate Senna Agius, however, it was not an easy weekend in Tuscany, but the Moto2 rookie also took a lot from these three action-packed days on a track that was new to him. He is the only rider in the Moto2 field who has never been to Mugello before. Starting from 26th on the grid, the 18-year-old faced a major challenge and even if he didn't make it into the points, his 17th place, which was nine positions higher, deserves respect, especially as the 5.25 kilometre Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello demands a lot from the riders and machines.

In four weeks' time, from the 28th - 30th of June, another season highlight awaits the squad from Memmingen with the Dutch TT and the two Moto2 protagonists of the German racing team are already looking forward to attacking again in the Netherlands with the knowledge they have just gained in Mugello.


2.  Manuel GONZALEZ/ SPA/ KALEX – (+0.067)
3.  Alonso LOPEZ/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – (+0.934)
17. Senna AGIUS/ AUS/ KALEX – (+15.564)

World Championship
1. GARCIA Sergio/ SPA – 122
2. ROBERTS Joe/ USA – 115
3. OGURA Ai/ JPN – 99
17. AGIUS Senna/ AUS – 16
24. BINDER Darryn/ RSA – 5