Following a wet Friday and Saturday, race day at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has been dry and cloudy. Therefore, all MotoGP riders had to try to get a feeling on slicks at the rollercoaster circuit in the Algarve in Warm Up this morning, a challenge for the entire field.
Andrea Dovizioso started the day with the ninth fastest time in Warm Up this morning and went into the fifth race of the 2022 season from row six of the grid. He was back in P18 after lap one, but started to make up ground, fighting up to the top 15 on lap five. Yet, he lost a lot of time in the last sector of the sixth round and went backwards to 19th position.
Trying his utmost, he managed to move forward again, benefitting from some crashes in front. After 25 laps, the Italian eventually saw the chequered flag in 11th, his best result so far this year, collecting five important World Championship points and second-best Yamaha behind eventual race winner Fabio Quartararo.
On the other side, the ‘rookie of the rookies’ Darryn Binder had a tough time getting used to the circuit aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 in wet conditions and suddenly having to adapt to the layout on slicks. Yet, he did well keeping it up with his fellow MotoGP newcomers throughout all the race.
He kept his 22nd place from the start in the first few laps and made up positions due to contenders crashing, but still managed to keep his pace until the end of the race, crossing the line in a solid 17th. At the end of the first five races, the South African is still second in the rookies’ standings with six points on his account.