In a shocking turn of events at the Silverstone race, Moto2 rider Jake Dixon finds himself fuming after a collision with fellow rider Darryn Binder. Dixon, who was running in 17th place at the time, had just overtaken Binder’s Intact GP bike on the opening lap. However, as Binder attempted to cut back on the inside through Club corner, disaster struck. The two riders made contact, causing Dixon to crash. Although Binder received a long-lap penalty for the incident, Dixon strongly believes that more severe measures should be taken against him – namely, a complete ban from the sport.
With this unfortunate incident, Dixon’s championship aspirations have taken a significant hit. Currently 52 points behind the championship leader, he recognizes that his title hopes have all but vanished. Dixon expressed his frustration immediately after the crash, stating, “It’s clear, honestly. Sometimes I just don’t understand what this guy is doing. He clearly sees that I’m past him. Use your brain, I’m faster than you. I’m going to pull us forward. Don’t ram me because you’ve ruined my championship.”
The young rider feels that Binder’s reckless actions have not only affected his own championship chances, but also that of other riders. He refers to Binder as an “absolute idiot” and passionately advocates for his banishment from the sport. Dixon firmly believes that Binder’s repeated instances of dangerous riding warrant a more severe punishment. He points out that Binder has caused similar incidents in the past, both in Moto3 and now in Moto2, reinforcing the need for a strong response from the FIM stewards.
Binder’s Aggressive Reputation
Darryn Binder, the younger of the Binder brothers, has gained a reputation as an aggressive rider. Making his Moto2 debut in 2023 after a brief stint in MotoGP last year, Binder’s riding style has raised eyebrows. In the Algarve Moto3 round earlier this year, Binder’s mistake resulted in a collision with Dennis Foggia and ultimately handed Pedro Acosta the world title. This incident, coupled with his recent clash with Dixon, further supports Dixon’s argument against Binder.
Despite the penalty he received, Binder managed to salvage a single point with a 15th place finish at Silverstone. This marks only the third time he has scored throughout the 2023 season. While this may be a small consolation for Binder, it does not overshadow the controversy surrounding his riding style.
Pushing Forward with Determination
Reflecting on the rest of the season and how he plans to recover from the Silverstone crash, Dixon expresses a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing left to lose, he aims to approach the remaining Grand Prix races with a determined mindset. Dixon’s focus now shifts toward winning as many races as possible, regardless of his championship prospects. The incident with Binder has only fueled his motivation to perform at his best and prove himself on the track.
The clash between Jake Dixon and Darryn Binder at Silverstone has brought about intense controversy. Dixon’s demand for Binder to be banned highlights the serious consequences of dangerous riding in the MotoGP world. As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Binder’s future actions and the FIM stewards’ response, as the repercussions of this incident continue to ripple through the sport.