Moto3 2021
Round 3

Binder aims for points lead, Kunii for more points

pt Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) goes into this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix looking for his first victory of 2021 as he builds his challenge for the Moto3 World Championship.

Binder aims for points lead, Kunii for more points

The 23-year-old South African has had a superb start to his first season with Honda, scoring a second and a third at the first two rounds in Qatar. The hard-charging youngster has quickly gelled with his NSF250RW, the machine that could achieve a fifth consecutive Moto2 Constructors World Championship this season.

Moto3 is the closest of the three categories in the MotoGP series, so Binder’s first two finishes of the year – 0.094 seconds and 0.039 seconds behind the race winner in the Qatar and Doha GPs – are not unusual.

This weekend Binder hopes to be able to use the fine-handling capabilities of his NSF250RW to climb to the top step of the podium for the first time with Honda. Last November he finished sixth in the first Moto3 World Championship race at Algarve International Circuit, so he is confident of a much better performance on Sunday.

Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) took a huge step forward in his Grand Prix career at the Doha GP two weeks ago when he scored his first World Championship points. The 18-year-old from Setagaya finished the race in 15th, a much-deserved result after he had finished the previous Sunday’s Qatar GP in 16th place, less than a tenth of a second outside the points.

Last November at Portimao the Japanese youngster qualified 15th fastest, giving him an excellent chance of his first points, but the race didn’t quite go to plan. No doubt the confidence boost of taking his first points last time out will inspire Kunii to greater things this weekend.

Kunii’s team-mate Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) finished both races at Losail as he adapts to Moto3 after a season in Moto2. The 23-year-old Indonesian will be aiming to break into the points at Portimao, where he first raced in the Moto3 CEV series in 2016.

Darryn Binder
Darryn Binder 40
Petronas Sprinta Racing
This weekend I’d like to keep the momentum rolling from the first two races in Qatar. I’d love to be on the podium again, I’ve gone third and second so I’d like to win one. If I can keep performing and end up on the podium that would be great. Portimao is a really cool track. I saw it for the first time at the end of last year and it was actually quite a good race for me. We spent two days pre-season testing there so I’m really confident looking forward to this weekend and hoping I can go one better than Qatar!

Yuki Kunii
Yuki Kunii 92
Honda Team Asia
At the last race we had a good performance in the race but of course we need to keep improving. We need to work hard to improve our lap time so that we can fight better with our rivals. I really enjoyed the last race, when I got my first points, and I think this is the key – to fight but also to enjoy. We will keep pushing –trying to enjoy and get the best result.

Andi Farid Izdihar
Andi Farid Izdihar 19
Honda Team Asia
I am so excited about round three in Portimao. We tested at the track two months ago, so we can go into this weekend knowing something about the settings that we need for this layout. My target for the weekend is to keep improving, try my best and get the best result.

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