Binder secures second top ten result in a row in Japan

The Japanese Grand Prix was an up-and-down ride for the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Team's Moto2 squad, but the weekend ended on a positive note with Darryn Binder finishing tenth, and junior rider and substitute rider Senna Agius finishing 21st.

For Darryn Binder, the Japan Grand Prix marked only his second Grand Prix since returning from injury. He made his comeback last weekend in India with seventh place, his second best result of the season since sixth in Argentina. The South African made a good start to the 19-lap race from 18th position and found himself in a group fighting for seventh place. He had a couple of battles with Alonso Lopez and Van Den Goorbergh and in the end was able to enjoy a solid tenth place together with his team.

Darryn Binder was joined this weekend by Australian youngster Senna Agius, who had flown to Japan at short notice to replace the injured Lukas Tulovic a week before his next assault on the Moto2 European Championship title. Motegi was not an easy terrain for Senna, the start from 29th place did not make a catch-up in the race any easier. But the JuniorGP rider did do a good job, learned a lot and finally reached the chequered flag in 21st place.

In a fortnight Lukas Tulovic hopes to be back on the grid, at the latest when the Indonesian Grand Prix will be held on the Mandalika Street Circuit in Lombok from 13 to 15 October.


1. Somkiat CHANTRA / THA / KALEX
2. Ai OGURA / JPN / KALEX - (+1.353)
3. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / KALEX - (+3.080)
10. Darryn BINDER / RSA / KALEX – (+19.405)
21. Senna AGIUS / AUS / KALEX - (+34.103)

Overall Standings
1.   Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 252
2.   Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 202 (-50)
3.   Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 159 (-93)
18. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 28 (-224)
23. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 12 (-240)