Agius eleventh after outstanding rookie performance

For Senna Agius, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 Team rookie, it was the best race of his still young World Championship career, as the Australian fought for the podium until shortly before the end of the race, taking home five more World Championship points in eleventh place. Darryn Binder crashed towards the middle of the race and only finished 25th despite an ambitious ride.

The performance of Senna Agius on this changeable Sachsenring weekend exceeded all expectations of the youngster from Australia, as Agius had only been familiar with the German circuit from test rides on a Honda a few weeks ago. However, the 19-year-old showed off his incredibly strong pace in qualifying on Saturday and although the race Sunday was much cooler and windier after a hot Saturday, the Aussie delivered a masterful performance in the 25-lap thriller in front of over 98,000 spectators on this race Sunday alone. There were some nerve-wracking scenes in which he battled against the big names in the class for nothing less than the podium. Unfortunately, his tyres degraded abruptly just a few laps before the end, which led to a direct loss of positions. Agius was no longer able to keep up with the pace due to immense sliding and was racing at the absolute limit. His eleventh place does not do justice to his outstanding performance, but with a further five world championship points, the Intact GP rider is 15th in the standings and will be back in Silverstone in a few weeks' time where he left off at his team's home Grand Prix: as a serious contender in the top positions.

Bad luck seems to be nipping at the heels of 26-year-old Darryn Binder, who also made an impressive start to the ninth race of the season, making up an impressive five positions in the first few metres. In tenth position, the South African rode a strong race, but in turn 1 his Kalex did not forgive him a slight mistake. Binder ended up in the gravel and did everything he could to rejoin the race. He finally finished the race in the last position in order to gain further insights into the Pirelli tyres and behaviour and to quickly get yet another crash out of his system before the summer break.

In the weeks leading up to the Silverstone Grand Prix from the 2nd - 4th of August, Senna Agius and Darryn Binder will recharge their batteries for the second, packed half of the season.  


2.   Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – (+2.159)
3.   Ai OGURA/ JPN/ BOSCOSCURO – (+4.418)
11. Senna AGIUS/ AUS/ KALEX – (+9.225)
25. Darryn BINDER/ RSA/ KALEX – (+1'13.462)

World Championship
1.   GARCIA Sergio/ SPA – 147
2.   OGURA Ai/ JPN – 140
3.   ROBERTS Joe/ USA – 123
15. AGIUS Senna/ AUS – 26
24. BINDER Darryn/ RSA – 6