The Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana is traditionally the ultimate round of the MotoGP season and this time a very special round for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team. Darryn Binder and Cal Crutchlow, who came in place of Andrea Dovizioso for the final six races, will compete their farewell weekend in WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team colours. At the same time, the team is approaching the last dance with Yamaha and is preparing for more exciting news over the weekend.
Being a MotoGP rookie in 2022, Darryn Binder showed some great speed and fast adaptation throughout the entire season. Darryn was promoted direct from the Moto3 category to the premier class and until the final round, scored a total of 12 points, which gives him the third place in the intracanal rookies ranking. After he unfortunately crashed out at the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s home Grand Prix in Malaysia last time, the South African is targeting to collect some more points to finish off his first MotoGP season in style.
In the meantime, Cal Crutchlow arrives again without any pressure for the sixth round in 2022. The British Yamaha test rider saw the chequered flag in each of the five races so far and clinched a personal best of P12 at the Sepang International Circuit less than two weeks ago, already having a total of 10 championship points in his pocket. This weekend in Valencia, he will aim to further improve the Yamaha YZR-M1 and just enjoy himself before being back to focus fully on his role as a test rider.
Following four rounds in Asia and Australia, the MotoGP World Championship is back to normal European times this weekend. Therefore, Binder and Crutchlow will hit the track at 09:55 local time for Free Practice one on Friday, followed by FP2 at 14:10 local time.