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Difficult Thai Grand Prix for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Difficult Thai Grand Prix for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Cal Crutchlow and Darryn Binder struggled in the wet conditions of Buriram today.

The Thailand Grand Prix developed to be a tricky one for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team today. After all sessions throughout the weekend took place in dry conditions, rain hit the Chang International Circuit this afternoon and delivered some delays to race start, which was shortened to 25 laps in the end.

After he equalled the best qualifying position for WithU Yamaha RNF in 2022 with P15 yesterday, Cal Crutchlow struggled during the start and landed in 20th position in the first lap. He then made some steady progress and moved up to P17 passing by current World Championship leader, Fabio Quartararo halfway through the race. However, pushing hard to keep his pace, he fell back at the last couple of laps and could not make up faster time eventually crossing the finish line in P19. 

On the other side of the garage, as he normally does, Darryn Binder made a strong start even in wet conditions pushing up to P18 by lap 1 after starting from 23rd on the grid today. But, the wet track proved to be tricky as he was gradually pushed back being crossed by some riders throughout the race and managed to only finish his 17th race of his rookie season in P21. 

The whole WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team now has a little break to rest after a long three weeks of back to back racing and will then head to Australia for Round 18, and the final three rounds of the 2022 season. 

Cal Crutchlow

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

"I struggled today, first of all I think it was very dangerous on the first lap, you can't see anything from the back. The other riders were closing throttle in fifth gear and to me it's strange when you still have the straight left. Anyway, it was a difficult race for Yamaha today, it seem that we all have very similar problems with the tyre pressure and the tyre heating. It's a shame because this weekend in the dry, we had a great pace but our problems were exaggerated in the rain. It was the same problem in the dry but we got away with it in the dry.

"So it was a disappointing day, I think if it was in the dry, we could have had a great race, but honestly speaking the speed of my bike this weekend was not good in the straight compared to Aragon and Motegi where i was the fastest Yamaha, came this weekend it was a surprise to not have a fast bike to be competitive in this rain. This is the situation, we have to now look ahead and go for it in Australia and the last two rounds."

Darryn Binder

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

"I'm quite disappointed to be really honest, it's always difficult to be going straight into the rain race not having some final laps in the wet before. I had a good start, I felt quite good in the first laps but you couldn't see anything going from turn 1 to 3 then to 4, it was shocking, I think I was riding like fourth gear on the straight in the first four laps cause I couldn't see where I was going. But anyway, I was making passes, I passed a couple of riders and building my way up, and in lap 4 or 5 I caught up to Fabio (Quartararo) and I was feeling good lining up where I was going to pass him, but the next thing I just started to lock the front everywhere, I don't know if the front tyre started to heat but then I was just making mistake as I keep locking the front so I ran off a couple of times and got back on. I tried my best to keep the same pace and everyone was just getting faster but I was staying the same so I'm really disappointed. I really thought I was going to get going but it is what it is. So, we try again in Phillip Island and I can't wait."

Razlan Razali

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team, Founder and Team Principal

"Well as forecasted, the Thailand Grand Prix was delayed and raced under difficult tricky conditions which of course affected everybody's race especially our two riders, Cal and Darryn. While Darryn had a great start in the beginning, he then gradually fell back, but I think it is more towards the conditions that he could not adapt as well as he could.

"Cal as well was steadily progressing but unfortunately it was too far for Cal to get any points. So, we will take a little break before we go back to Phillip Island, Australia where we will again do our best to try and get some valuable points." 

Wilco Zeelenberg

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Racing Team, Team Manager

"It was a very difficult weekend for us, I think it's the worst results so far but anyway the conditions were very difficult, of course the rain was a lot and the boys couldn't see anything in the first couple of laps. They both tried as hard as possible to get into the points but it was not possible for this race weekend. Anyway, we look forward to Phillip Island, it's always a special moment to go to Australia and hopefully we can do a much better job there than we did here."