This weekend saw Cal Crutchlow returning to competition in place of Andrea Dovizioso in the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team. The Yamaha test rider showed some decent speed right from the beginning and did a strong race at sunny Motorland Aragon today. Starting from P19 on the grid, the Brit made up three positions already in sector one and jumped up to P12 by the end of the first lap.
Although Crutchlow could keep a decent pace throughout all 23 laps of the race, he had some decent fights, but lost a few positions from around halfway through the race. Yet, he kept his head down and eventually crossed the line in P14, bringing home two points in the MotoGP World Championship, finishing the race as the best Yamaha rider on the grid.
Meanwhile, premier class rookie Darryn Binder, launched off from P23 and was in 18th quickly, but had to avoid another rider crashing, which made him lose some ground on the first lap. He came back inside the points scoring positions and was fighting hard to keep his speed. Yet, he had a few competitors passing him, but could eventually keep up to see the chequered flag in P18.
In just a few days’ time the entire MotoGP circus including the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team is flying over to Japan for the start of a four-rounds overseas trip.