Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) aims to get his World Championship attack back on track at Jerez after a disappointing weekend at the Portuguese GP.
The 23-year-old South African was penalised for a rules infraction during qualifying, which had him start the race from pit lane.
Binder had finished the first two races – the Qatar and Doha GPs – on the podium but the handicap of starting several seconds behind the pack at Portimao was too much and he couldn’t do better than 20th place. He retained third place in the points standings, nonetheless.
Although this is the one-time Moto3 race winner’s first season with Honda he has already tested at Jerez with his NSF250RW, winner of the last four Moto3 Constructors World Championships.
Two places behind Binder in the points standings is 25-year-old Italian Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), who is just ahead of 24-year-old Argentine rider Gabriel Rodrigo (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW).
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) scored his first World Championship points in the Doha GP, in 15th place, and finished the other two races in 16th, 0.066 seconds and 0.445 seconds outside the points. These results prove that the 18-year-old from Setagaya is getting faster and growing in confidence as he continues his second season at world level. Kunii tested at Jerez earlier this year, when he felt good with his NSF250RW, so he plans to finish this weekend inside the top 15 once again.
Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) moved from Moto2 to Moto3 this year, so the 23-year-old Indonesian is reacquainting himself with life in the class. He has previous experience of the category from his time in the Asia Talent Cup and the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and believes he made great progress in understanding his NSF250RW during the Portuguese GP.