Tulovic shines with top 10 result at Red Bull Ring, Binder injured after crash
Bittersweet race Sunday for the German LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team. While Lukas Tulovic celebrated his best result of the season so far with a tenth place, Darryn Binder, unfortunately, suffered an early crash in which he injured his back.
It is the liberation Lukas Tulovic had hoped for so much. After initial difficulties on Friday, he and his crew put everything on the line. With a completely changed Kalex they went into qualifying Saturday, where the hard work paid off with a solid starting position for the race by passing through Q1. P18 on the grid and starting chaos made for challenging first laps, but the German found his pace, which was then disrupted by numerous crashes in front of him. By the middle of the race, the 23-year-old was already in tenth place and had to just manage this position. The connection to the front was gone and so the last year's European Champion did his laps constantly and with P10 he recorded his best result of the season so far.
For Darryn Binder the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring ended early in lap three after starting from 15th position. The Moto2 rookie lost the front wheel in turn 2, unfortunately coming into the path of Sam Lowes, who was unable to avoid him, touching the grounded Binder. Unfortunately, the South African injured his back in the crash. An initial CT scan showed a fracture of the 3rd vertebral body, and further examinations will now have to reveal the length of the 25-year-old's recovery phase. The entire LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team wishes Darryn Binder a speedy recovery and a quick return.
Round eleven of the Moto2 World Championship now takes the Memmingen-based racing team to Spain, where the next world championship points are up for grabs at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from the 1st - 3rd of September.
1. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX
2. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+1.435)
3. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – (+5.189)
10. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (+35.361)
DNF Darryn BINDER/ RSA/ KALEX
1. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 176
2. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 164
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 117
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 13
21. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 12