Binder scores points in the Netherlands, Tulovic close behind
A mixed first half of the season for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 team came to a conciliatory end at the Dutch TT Assen with world championship points for Darryn Binder (P14), while Lukas Tulovic finished the exhausting race in sixteenth place.
Darryn Binder had to wait a long time to finish a race again after being out of action for many weeks due to injury and then being knocked out of the race twice in a row through no fault of his own. The Moto2 rookie has not been able to put in many miles in the first half of the season, so it was a relief for the South African to finish his second race of the year. It was also the first time this year that both regular riders were able to finish a race together. Despite feeling positive and making important steps over the practice sessions, the 22-lap race turned out to be extremely challenging. From the start, the 25-year-old made up three positions and lined up twelfth. He fought tenaciously to finish within the points, which he eventually did in fourteenth place. Two championship points are just the start of making up for lost opportunities after the summer break.
Fighting on the last edge, Lukas Tulovic crossed the finish line in sixteenth place after a busy weekend, missing out on the points by just one position. His development over the weekend as well as his feeling for the Kalex were good, which made the 23-year-old positive for the eighth round of the season. In the race, however, he lacked the necessary confidence in the front, which made it risky to go even further over the limit. In the upcoming summer break, last year's Moto2 European Champion wants to work hard on himself to be ready for the long and demanding second half of the season, which starts at the Silverstone Circuit from the 04th - 06th of August.
1. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX
2. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – (+1.334)
3. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+4.448)
14. Darryn BINDER/ RSA/ KALEX – (+20.639)
16. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (+29.416)
1. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 148
2. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 140
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 104
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 12
21. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 6