For round 15 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season, the Aragon Grand Prix, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP lines up Cal Crutchlow alongside premier class rookie Darryn Binder. The Brit, who is Yamaha test rider, jumps on board the YZR-M1 for the final six races of the campaign, taking the place of Andrea Dovizioso and bringing in some fresh air.
Friday saw the track return of Crutchlow with a decent start in Free Practice one, which he finished just 0.706 seconds behind the top in P16. The 36-year old improved throughout FP2 this sunny afternoon at the Motorland Aragon circuit by 0.861 seconds, yet he was moving backwards to P19 of the combined standings, missing out on the top 10 by 0.638 seconds by the end of day one.
In the meantime, Binder adapted well to the tricky circuit aboard the big bike. The South African concluded FP1 in P24, but with just 1.684 seconds to the top. He made some huge steps in the second session of this weekend to go 1.752 seconds quicker than in Free Practice one, finishing only 0.087 seconds behind his new experienced teammate in P20.
Both, Crutchlow and Binder together with their respective crews already have some ideas on how to further move forward tomorrow in FP3 at 09:55 local time, followed by Free Practice four at 13:30 and the all-important Qualifying from 14:10.