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DiveBomb: #40 Binder Ready For The Big Time

Jan 252022

Breaking records and taking names; Darryn Binder is here to stay. In a historic move for motorcycle racing’s big league, the 24 year old South African has signed to the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team and becomes only the second rider in the sport’s history to make the giant leap from the junior ranks of Moto3 straight to MotoGP.

Graduating through the field, Binder has raced in Moto3 since 2015, and despite a difficult debut season, Darryn’s speed and style was immediately apparent. In 2016, he bagged a fourth-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix, and the following season - in 2017 - made solid progress despite injury – taking top 10s, points finishes, and a best finish of fourth at the Italian Grand Prix.

In 2018, Darryn scored his first Moto3 podium at the Japanese Grand Prix, following an edge-of-the-seat race with rivals Dennis Foggia and Tony Arbolino. A switch to CIP Green Power came in 2019, where Darryn bagged his second Moto3 podium at the Argentinean Grand Prix, and in 2020 DiveBomb kicked things up again by securing victory at the Catalan Grand Prix, as well as second place at the Aragon Grand Prix.

2021 then saw Darryn make the move to Petronas Sprinta Racing. Starting the season as one of the title favorites, Darryn kicked off his campaign with a second and third-place finish in Losail. However his height and weight dragged him down on the small Moto3 machines, and despite being a constant feature at the head of the field, Binder couldn’t mount a title challenge.

With a perfect combination of raw pace, youth and experience, Binder now treads where few have gone before, swapping his familiar 250cc machine for fire spitting MotoGP machinery. Read on to grab his initial thoughts for the season ahead…

My personal target for 2022 is to learn and improve every time I am sitting on the MotoGP bike and of course, I want to be in the fight among the other rookies for the Rookie of the Year title.

How are you feeling by making the leap from Moto3 directly to MotoGP?

The transition from Moto3 to MotoGP is definitely a big jump, but having never ridden something close to a MotoGP is great at the same time, it’s great because I have zero expectations and just enjoy every moment. I know that I have everything I need, so now I just have to take the time to learn and adjust to this bike. I’m super proud to make the jump directly and I can’t thank everyone enough who believes in me and made this opportunity possible. It is every racer's dream to arrive in MotoGP and to be able to make the move directly is something almost unheard of, so it’s really cool.

What are your first impressions of your new MotoGP bike?

The bike looks absolutely amazing! With seeing my number on a MotoGP bike for the first time, reality really kicks in that I’m a MotoGP rider now and I can’t wait for the season to start.

What are your goals for 2022?

My personal target for 2022 is to learn and improve every time I am sitting on the MotoGP bike and of course, I want to be in the fight among the other rookies for the Rookie of the Year title. I just want to take it step by step and don’t do anything crazy that could disrupt my progress.

I’m really excited, now I can’t wait for the Sepang test to get everything going!

What does it mean to you to be part of a MotoGP team?

It’s so crazy to be part of a MotoGP team with such a big crew with so much experience like WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP! It’s the peak of the sport and the best of the best are surrounding me, it’s just amazing!

What do you expect for this year having an experienced rider like Andrea Dovizioso as your teammate?

I hope to work closely with Andrea and learn a lot from him, as he has a lot of experience. I’m pretty sure we will get along well and for me, it’s great to share a box with him. He already gave me some advice during the first test in Jerez on how to ride the bike to get the best out of it.

How excited are you to be getting out on track?

The holiday has been amazing. It’s always nice to spend time at home with family and friends, but I’m itching to get back on my Yamaha YZRM1. It’s around the corner now and I can’t wait. I’m really excited, now I can’t wait for the Sepang test to get everything going!

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