Darryn Binder scores points at the British GP, Lukas Tulovic's improvement went unrewarded
In completely different conditions to qualifying, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team completed the 17-lap race at the Silverstone Circuit, with Darryn Binder celebrating a world championship point, while team-mate Lukas Tulovic finished directly behind in 16th position.
The start to the ninth Moto2 race of the season was extremely precarious for Lukas Tulovic, as the German only narrowly escaped a mass crash in front of him, which meant the end for a total of four riders. Unfortunately, the number 3 rider lost momentum as a result and had trouble getting back into his rhythm quickly. A large gap opened up in front of him, but the 23-year-old fought valiantly to regain the points positions. From lap nine to fifteen, Tulovic moved in 15th position, which would have secured him a World Championship point. But last year's European champion did not count on his team mate, who was within striking distance and took advantage of Tulo's small riding mistake.
Darryn Binder, for his part, received a long-lap penalty for a contact with local hero Jake Dixon, who crashed as a result. Considering the race situation, this was a harsh penalty for the South African, who had already been taken out of the race twice this season through no fault of his own by other riders. Nevertheless, he completed his penalty without any problems, fought his way back thanks to his pace and took up the chase of his teammate. The 25-year-old stalked ever closer and took the opportunity two laps before the end of the race to snatch 15th place and with it the last championship point up for grabs.
Both riders from the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team learned a lot from this changeable Silverstone weekend and the IRTA test scheduled for Monday will provide further insight and progress that they can take with them to the Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place from the 18th - 20th of August at the Red Bull Ring.
1. Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO
2. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – (+2.546)
3. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+3.883)
15. Darryn BINDER/ RSA/ KALEX – (+29.061)
16. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (+29.556)
1. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 156
2. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 154
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 104
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 13
21. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 6