The inaugural Grand Prix at the Mandalika Circuit started with tricky weather conditions today. Following some heavy showers this morning, the partly resurfaced track still featured some wet parts and times were coming down slowly in the first session of the weekend, while FP2 took place under the burning Indonesian sun in full dry conditions.
Although there have been still some wet patches, Andrea Dovizioso started FP1 this morning straight away on slick tyres and eventually concluded the first session of the weekend in P12. In the afternoon, it was not just the asphalt that was heating up, but also the pace of all riders. Thereby, the Italian WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team rider speeded up by 2.289 seconds compared to this morning and was missing out on the top 10 by just 0.197 seconds in eleventh position.
On the other side of the garage, Darryn Binder initiated the morning cautiously on wet tyres, but after a few laps changed to slicks as well. He struggled to find enough confidence on the wet parts of the circuit, but therefore went a lot quicker in dry and hot FP2. The MotoGP newcomer improved by more than four seconds to conclude day one in Indonesia in P23, only 0.711 seconds behind his teammate.
Both WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team riders are aiming to make further steps throughout tomorrow’s important sessions, starting with FP3 at 10:50 local time (03:50 CET), followed by FP4 at 14:25 (07:25 CET) and the Qualifying at 15:05 (08:05 CET) and hoping for stable weather conditions.