Binder scores points after strong recovery, Tulovic crashes in Losail
The Qatar Grand Prix got off to a promising start for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 Team and developed positively, at least for Darryn Binder after a successful recovery up to 14th position, whereas Lukas Tulovic's race came to an early end on lap nine.
Starting the 18-lap Qatar Grand Prix from 20th on the grid, Darryn Binder immediately set off like a rocket and moved up six positions to P14 within just a few corners. In the meantime, the Moto2 rookie even moved up to twelfth place but was unable to defend it. Still marked by last week's crash and bruises in Malaysia, the South African finally finished a solid 14th place, scored two more points, and is now confidently looking forward to the big season finale in Valencia, Spain, in just one week's time.
Lukas Tulovic provided a justified glimmer of hope with a surprisingly strong fifth place in third practice and direct participation in Q2, but unfortunately, things turned out differently in the 19th race of the season. Nevertheless, Tulovic gave it his all and tried valiantly to make up the places he had lost at the start. However, it came to an abrupt end on lap nine after he slid off the front and thus leaves empty-handed in terms of points.
The likable 2022 European Moto2 champion has one more race to end an eventful year with a smile on his face when the curtain falls on the 2023 season in Valencia on Sunday, 26th of November.
1. Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO
2. Manuel GONZALEZ/ SPA/ KALEX – (+2.643)
3. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – (+2.652)
14. Darryn BINDER / RSA / KALEX – (+16.306)
DNF Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX
1. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 328.5
2. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 249.5 (-79)
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 194 (-134.5)
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 34 (-294.5)
24. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 12 (-316.5)