Tulovic finishes Australian GP & Binder crashes in disastrous weather conditions

The predicted change in weather on Phillip Island in Australia made for exceedingly treacherous conditions, to which LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Team rider Darryn Binder fell victim. Lukas Tulovic managed to finish the prematurely red-flagged race in 20th place.

The Australian Grand Prix will be remembered. Not because of the exciting race, but much more for what was probably the shortest race of the season. The rain thriller lasted less than half the race distance, with a total of nine riders unable to withstand the adverse conditions. Unfortunately, Darryn Binder also joined this list, although the South African had made a good start from ninth place and held on to eighth place within the first few corners in the thick spray. The 25-year-old only managed to stay on his Kalex for three laps before the fate of the crash caught up with him. Fortunately, he was unhurt and the loss of points was acceptable, as only half the points were awarded due to the shortened race.

Lukas Tulovic also had a crash on Sunday. But he was lucky and was not injured either. The German had his mishap already in the morning warm-up, where he had to adjust to the wet and windy track. In the race, the 23-year-old made a solid start but was unable to build up any confidence in the difficult track conditions. When the race was finally ended early due to the weather conditions, Tulovic found himself in 20th place and was glad to have avoided another crash. 

For the Thailand Grand Prix in just a week's time, the chances are good that the sun will shine again and the two LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Team riders will return to full strength and confidence.


1.   Zonta VD GOORBERGH/ NED/ KALEX – 1'45.713
2.   Sergio GARCIA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'46.741 (+1.028)
3.   Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – 1'46.764 (+1.051)
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / KALEX – 1'50.814 (+5.101)
22. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – 1'50.975 (+5.262)

2.    Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – (+15.088)
3.    Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – (+15.614)
20.  Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (1 Lap)

World Championship
1.   Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 277
2.   Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 212 (-65)
3.   Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 172 (-105)
18. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 31 (-246)
23. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 12 (-265)