The Briton was involved in an accident two weeks ago on the last corner of the first lap of the Silverstone race while trying to go around Binder on the outside. Binder was given a long lap penalty for the incident while Dixon was unable to get back in. After the incident, a heated Dixon criticized Binder on TNT Sport, branding him a “clown” and demanding that he be banned by sports commissioners.
However, on Friday at the Austrian GP, Dixon backed out and apologized to both Dixon and the Intact GP team.
“Silverstone wasn’t ideal and first of all I want to apologize to Darryn Binder for my words because they weren’t right and I just didn’t do it right,” Dixon said on TNT Sport.
“I didn’t want to talk at the time and I want to apologize to him and his team because I was open about it and it wasn’t good and it didn’t look good either. So I apologize for that.
“We still have 11 races ahead of us, anything is possible. We just have to put our heads down and see what happens because you never know what’s going to happen in this championship.”
Dixon is still being linked with a MotoGP move in 2024, possibly with Gresini – where his manager Frankie Carchedi also serves as Fabio Di Giannantonio’s crew chief – but insists his future is still uncertain.
“It’s all rumours, it’s all silly season,” he added. “I have no idea where I’m going, no idea what I’m doing. I am currently a free agent. So let’s see.”
In an exclusive interview with de.motorsport.com, Binder says he “didn’t appreciate” what Dixon said about him on TV, but that the matter is now “done and done”.
“I really didn’t appreciate what he had to say about me on TV, but at the end of the day, that’s the way it is,” Binder said.
“[On Thursday] In Austria he came to apologize and we talked and that’s one of those things.
“There is nothing you can do. I didn’t appreciate what he had to say about me, but at the same time there was nothing I could do to prevent this incident.
“If I couldn’t see him, that’s what it is. But no matter, it’s all done and dusted off.”