25 years after the World Championship held a Grand Prix in Indonesia, the MotoGP will be back this weekend for the first Indonesian Grand Prix at the Mandalika Circuit in Lombok. In order to get to know the brand-new venue, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder together with the rest of the premier class field, already experienced a three days’ test over four weeks ago with productive conclusions, although the circuit responsible have been obliged to improve the surface of the 4.3-kilometer track ahead of this weekend.
Following a rather difficult opening to the season just over one week ago, Dovizioso is eager to further fine-tune his sensations aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 this weekend. He already had a good feeling during the test in Mandalika and immediately liked the new layout. He travels to Indonesia with two World Championship points in his pocket and the aim to score even more during this second Grand Prix of 2022.
Binder found the first laps at the brand-new track in Indonesia tricky as he was still adapting to the big bike following his jump from Moto3 to MotoGP. Yet, he went faster with each run throughout the official test and also proved his abilities at the Qatar GP, his first ever premier class race, where he has been fighting for the top rookie spot and lost out on the points by just 0.012 seconds. Knowing the circuit already on his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine, will make proceedings speed up this time.
The race week starts already on Wednesday this time with an impressive bike parade through the center of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, headed by the Indonesian President himself and followed by nearly 20 MotoGP riders, including Dovizioso and Binder, proudly presenting the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team. Meanwhile, track action in Mandalika kicks off on Friday at 10:50 local time (3:50 CET) with FP1.