Darryn Binder

Darryn Binder: People “forget” how much there is to catch up from Moto3 to MotoGP

In spite of a difficult debut season, Darryn Binder of RNF Racing thinks that “often people forget” how significant the jump from Moto3 directly to MotoGP is.

Darryn Binder

With his signing by RNF to race a year-old Yamaha, the South African—the younger brother of Brad Binder—be the first racer to do so since Jack Miller in 2015 from Moto3 to MotoGP.

Although Binder had a difficult first half of the season, he did display flashes of pace, ending 10th in the wet conditions of just his second grand prix in Indonesia and 12th in the dry conditions of Catalunya, in front of riders like factory Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli and Ducati’s Jack Miller.

In the rankings, he is presently tied for 21st place with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who has won 15 races.

Binder believes that, looking back on the first 11 races of 2022, people sometimes fail to recognise the significant leap he took from Moto3 to MotoGP.

“Now and then, I feel like [people] sometimes forget a little bit, but just a little bit,” he said. “It’s been a big step.

“You do something good and you’re expected to keep on going, and sometimes you have to take a step back, get everything under control again to go forward again.

“And I feel like that’s what happened in Sachsenring. I came from Barcelona, I scored points, I was doing well, I got faster in the practices, I closed the gap to first in all the sessions.

“I felt quite strong during all the weekend, and then I messed up the qualifying.

“You want that [gain], but sometimes you’ve got to remember it’s a big step and it’s so tight there and, if you’re one second off, you’re nowhere.

“Sometimes I had to remind myself I’m going to have to take a step back to go forward again.”

Given what he has accomplished in relation to his skills, Binder rates his current season as “a good eight out of 10.”

“I give it eight out of 10 because I feel like it’s a really, really big step coming from Moto3, and I feel like there’s been certain points this year where I really haven’t done too bad,” he added.

“Obviously, I’ve struggled in some races, and in Sachsenring I crashed out.

“Overall, I feel like I’ve done a steady job and I’ve been getting closer and closer.

“So, I’d give it a solid eight. I feel like I lost a couple of races, like America, I wasn’t doing great and then my bike had a little problem.

“And Le Mans I was a little bit lost, and it took me [a while] to find the path again. But other than that I feel like it’s been alright.”

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