Binder and Agius set course for 2024 with Valencia test
With a new rider pairing, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Team's Moto2 squad began preparations for the 2024 season on Monday after the Valencia Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, with Darryn Binder and newcomer Senna Agius testing extensively with the two major innovations for next year - Pirelli tyres and WP suspension elements.
Darryn Binder, who on Sunday put an injury-hit first Moto2 season behind him, was already looking to the future just one day later and gathered his first impressions on Pirelli tyres from the new tyre supplier for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. However, this was not the only focus of today's test work, but also the new suspension elements from the Austrian company WP, which the team will be using from now on. The new grip characteristics meant a lot of experimentation in the three one-hour training sessions that the teams had at their disposal on another sunny day at the Valencia circuit. In the end, the South African, who began his second season with the German racing team on Monday, gave a positive summary of his first test work, which he will have the opportunity to further analyse on Wednesday at another test before the well-deserved winter break.
For the new regular rider in the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 garage, Senna Agius, the Pirelli tyres were no complete unknown, as the 18-year-old already had the chance to take part in the Italian tyre manufacturer's Monday test in Barcelona in September as a replacement rider for the then injured Binder. Nevertheless, the Australian entered unfamiliar territory on his first official day as a full-time Moto2 World Championship rider and began to familiarise himself with his new crew and the new WP suspension. The newly crowned 2023 European Moto2 Champion did very well and as his team-mate he can also collect more important data for the coming season in two days on Wednesday.