Like the entire weekend of the British Grand Prix, sunshine accompanied the racing circus on its comeback from the summer break on race day as well. Thereby, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder both made up ground in the 20 laps race at the longest circuit of the calendar.
Dovizioso, who started in P24 came of a decent start to make up three positions in the first sector of the first lap. Just from halfway through the race, the Italian found some decent speed and was shortly nearly as fast as the top guys, whereby he passed his teammate for P19 and from there moved up further in the order with five laps to go. With two laps remaining on the board, he went up to 17th and caught Alex Marquez on the final lap to eventually finish in 16th, just missing out on the points.
On the other hand, rookie Binder, who missed out on some practice time due to two crashes this weekend had a tough race. Starting from P23 on the grid, he found himself in 18th at the end of the first lap, but lost one position again some laps later. When his teammate overtook him, the young South African couldn’t quite match his pace and eventually went back to P20. Nevertheless, he kept his top 20 position to the flag and gained a lot of experience in England.