Raul Fernández will replaced an injured Darryn Binder for the German GP at Sachsenring.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 announced earlier this afternoon that South African rider Darryn Binder will be replaced by Raul Fernández for the ninth race of the season whilst Binder recovers from shoulder surgery.
The 20-year-old South African rider underwent surgery on Friday afternoon in Barcelona after fracturing his right collarbone during training. Binder’s 2 hour-long surgery was deemed a success but left him with some additional metal work as a titanium plate and six screws were secured to his clavicle.
Binder is due to be released from hospital after a short 24 hour stay but, due to the injury, he has been ruled out of race in German. In a press release, the team stated that Binder will have ‘over three weeks’ recovery time before the series returns on August 5th at Brno‘. Therefore, 17-year-old Fernández will stand in for only the one race unless Binder is deemed unfit to race come August.
Fernández currently races with the Angel Nieto team in the Moto3 Junior World Championship on a KTM machine but has previously competed in five Moto3 races including this year in Barcelona where he finished in an impressive 10th place.
Binder’s absence from the grid makes three rider changes for the German GP next week. With Makar Yurchenko and Livio Loi dropped from their respective teams and now Darryn Binder temporarily sidelined, three new riders take their place. Stefano Nepa replaces rookie Yurchenko at the CIP Green Power team alonside John McPhee while Vicente Pérez takes a struggling Livio Loi’s position at Team Avintia.
We wish Darryn Binder a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the grid very soon. We also wish a huge good luck to the three rookies gracing the grid next weekend.