Darryn Binder, born on 21 January 1998 in Potchefstroom, South Africa, is undoubtedly an up-and-coming force in motorbike racing. As the younger brother of 2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder, he has had an impressive racing career. This text takes a look at his career to date, highlights, challenges and his current position in the Moto2 class.
Early years and entry into the Moto3 World Championship
Darryn Binder's motorsport journey began on a kart before he switched to two wheels at the age of eight. His talent became apparent early on and he shone in races in South Africa. He spent 2013 and 2014 in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, which is regarded as a springboard for young talent.
He made his debut in the Moto3 World Championship in 2015, where he contested a total of seven seasons in this class on Mahindra, KTM and Honda.
Challenges and progress in the Moto3 World Championship
Following his entry into the Moto3 World Championship, 2016 was not without its challenges for Darryns. However, as part of the Platinum Bay Real Estate team, he fought his way forward over the course of the season and achieved his best result of the season with fourth place in Phillip Island. Nevertheless, he finished 25th overall.
In the following years, Darryn Binder switched to various teams, including Red Bull KTM Ajo and Team CIP Green Power. He fought his way to podium finishes and showed steady progress. Highlights included his first podium in Motegi in 2018 and another podium in Argentina in 2019.
The step up to MotoGP and the 2022 season
The 2020 season marked a turning point for Darryn Binder when he celebrated his first Grand Prix victory in Barcelona. Despite a promising 2021 season with a 3rd and a 2nd place, he later started the rest of the year without any further podium finishes. His switch to the MotoGP class for the 2022 season with the RNF Racing Team brought new challenges. In MotoGP, he competed against his brother Brad, among others, and Darryn finished the season in 24th place overall.
Moto2 class and future prospects
After his year in the MotoGP class, Darryn Binder returned to the Moto2 class in 2023, this time for the Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP team on a Kalex. The 2023 season was characterised by highs and lows, with seven finishes in the points and a sixth place at the Grand Prix of Argentina.
In the 2024 season, Binder will once again compete for the Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP team in the Moto2 class, and the motorsport world can look forward to seeing how he will prove himself again.
Conclusion: Darryn Binder's motorsport career reflects the highs and lows of racing. From his beginnings in karting to his leap into the MotoGP class, he has constantly worked on his talent and performance. Despite challenges, Darryn Binder remains a promising rider who will help shape the future of motorbike racing with his commitment and dedication.
|Moto3: Debut season in world championship
|Moto3: 1st GP podium - P2 in Argentina
|Moto3: Victory in Barcelona // P2 in Aragon // POLE in Valencia
|Moto3: P3 in Doha I; P2 in Doha II // POLE in Doha I/ POLE in Aragon
|MotoGP: Rookie season
|Moto2 World Championship: 20th place