Darryn Binder is one of five rookies in the field for the 2022 MotoGP season. And KTM rider Brad Binder’s younger brother may be the one with the most eyes on as the season begins.
The reason for this is the direct rise from Moto3 to the premier class, along with one or two borderline maneuvers that the young Binder performed during his Moto3 time. What is particularly memorable is the controversial collision at the penultimate race of the 2021 season in Portimao, which robbed title candidate Dennis Foggia of his last chance at the world championship.
In his rookie season in the premier class, Darryn Binder drives for RNF-Yamaha – the successor team to Petronas-Yamaha, which officially presented itself a few days ago. “For me, of course, a dream comes true. Everyone wants to drive in the MotoGP class one day. You can’t turn down this chance. It’s the biggest chance of my life, which of course I grabbed with both hands,” says the young Binder.
He doesn’t want to be distracted by the eyes fixed on him. “Of course there were mixed comments,” says the rookie from South Africa and says: “But I don’t care. I don’t have a mental coach and I don’t need one. I’m a happy person and I’m carrying on as normal.”
“I’m approaching the season like any other. Of course I’ve changed my training. In South Africa I trained a little harder than usual. But in the end it’s a bike with two wheels. I’ll ride it,” said the MotoGP team-mate – Veteran Andrea Dovizioso.
“I have to do my job and do my best”
Does young Binder even have something like a plan to convince his critics? “I have to do my job and do my best. Of course I want to put the bad things behind me and start on a fresh note, but of course that’s difficult.”
“I tried that last year, but unfortunately I made a mistake in the end,” says Binder about the controversial collision in Portimao and is still annoyed: “Everyone jumped back on the same car.”
One or two MotoGP riders joined the ranks of Darryn Binder critics, especially after the Portimao race. The rookie at RNF-Yamaha doesn’t want to be distracted or even intimidated by this either.
“I try to do my best and stay out of everything. I hope to have good races and fights with everyone. Whether they like me or not doesn’t change anything for me. In the end, everyone is out there on their own.” , says Binder and offers: “I would talk to anyone who wanted to talk to me.”