Darryn Binder at Le Mans: “we are feeling better all the time”
Darryn Binder returns to action at Le Mans after injuring himself in a massive accident during practice at Jerez. With some strength testing on a motard on Tuesday, he was found to be fit enough to partake in this weekend’s French MotoGP.
Free Practice 1 was started well, with him running in the top ten aboard his Red Bull Ajo KTM Moto3 bike, until he had a small accident at the end of the session and dropped down the time sheets to finish in 26th.
Free Practice 2 was a more difficult affair, with him battling to find a good feeling. After he made a pit stop, and went out again on fresh tyres, his pace improved and he ended in 24th for the day, a little more than second off the pace.
“I definitely feel better than when I left Jerez. I’m still a little sore, especially when putting in a few laps in a row, but it’s bearable; it’s not very painful. This morning when I went out, I just wanted to feel good again, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get comfortable and I crashed at the end of the session. At the end of FP2 I started to go faster. Our position is not the best, but we are feeling better all the time, we are enjoying riding and in the end we are only 1 second off the quickest rider. Maybe I’ll take some painkillers for tomorrow. I hope that tomorrow I can enjoy myself on the bike and gain places on the grid.”
Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 1:42:596
2. Kaito Toba (Honda) 1:42.644 +0.048
3. Enea Bastianini (Honda) 1:42.773 +0.177
4. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 1:42.852 +0.256
5. Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) 1:42.861 +0.265
24. Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:43.689 +1.093