Leopard Racing says it’s aiding the mechanics who prevented Darryn Binder from entering his garage after his controversial encounter with Dennis Foggia during the Algarve Moto3 race at Portimao.
Foggia’s Moto3 title hopes came to an abrupt end when he was knocked out of the way by Binder on the final lap of the penultimate race.
The collision earned Pedro Acosta the Moto3 world title, but there was great sympathy for Foggia, who had made a late-season comeback to lead Acosta to the title.
Binder – who will controversially advance to the MotoGP World Championship next season – has been widely vilified in the paddock, with some calling for his upcoming contract with RNF Yamaha to be canceled.
With high emotion, an apologetic binder tried to gain access to the Leopard Racing team box in order to apologize personally, but was dragged out of the garage by angry team members, a move the team under the Luxembourg flag defended.
“We did not want Darryn Binder to be in the box because it is obvious that after Dennis Foggia’s chances are decided in the battle for the championship, it is reasonable to think that this moment was not the right one.
“Darryn Binder threw away all the effort and hard work of our team this year. It wasn’t just a racing incident. Thanks for your understanding. The most important thing is that Dennis Foggia is fine after the fall.”
Binder has now sincerely apologized for the mistake.
“I just want to apologize,” said Binder, who is moving to MotoGP in 2022. “I tried to overtake [Sergio] Garcia, braked and suddenly looked [Dennis] Fog in front of me. I had nowhere to go.
“I’m really sorry for him, his team and Garcia for the crash. That was of course the last thing I wanted to do, especially when Dennis is fighting for the championship, and it was definitely not my intention.”
“I would like to apologize again to everyone involved.”