Darryn Binder and John McPhee Misano bound
There will be no rest for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto3 riders Darryn Binder and John McPhee, as they face the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend – the second of two back-to-back races.
Although Binder was ultimately unable to fight for a podium last time out, he goes into this weekend’s event fresh from claiming his second pole position of the year. The South African is yet to visit the Misano podium and was unfortunate to pick up two DNFs last season, however he has shown good form at the circuit after making his way from 23rd on the grid to eighth in the 2018 edition. Darryn goes into this weekend 6th in the championship with 104 points.
Team-mate McPhee will return to the Moto3 squad, after deputising for Jake Dixon and making his Moto2 debut at the AragonGP. Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a happy hunting ground for the Scot, who won the first race there last year after starting it from 17th on the grid. He also made his way through the field, from 14th, in 2019 to claim second. John currently has 53 world championship points and sits 16th in the standings.
Binder and McPhee’s FP1 session on Friday will be at 9am local time (3pm MYT), with the 23-lap Moto3 race, the first of two that will be held at Misano this year, due to get underway at 11am local time (5pm MYT) Sunday.
‘I’m really looking forward to Misano, as it’s somewhere that should benefit us a little bit more than Aragon and it’s a track that I really like riding. I love going there every year and not just for the race, it’s a really cool place in general. I felt really strong there last year, but I unfortunately made two big mistakes in both races, which left me wanting a lot more. I want to go back there this weekend and redeem myself with a good result.’
‘I really enjoyed my weekend on the Moto2 bike and I feel like I learned so much, so now I’m really looking forward to seeing what improvements I can make back on my normal bike this weekend in Misano. It’s another amazing track on the Grand Prix calendar and it’s one that I have some great memories from, taking the win there last year. Hopefully I can quickly adapt to being back on the Honda and we can come away from this weekend with another great result at Misano.’