MotoGP’s comeback to Indonesia couldn’t be any more exciting. After the lap distance of the race was already reduced from 27 to 20 laps due to asphalt conditions, rain hit the Lombok island just before the start, which resulted in a delay of the race start to 16:15 in full wet conditions.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder started the race from P23 on the grid and made up one position already on the first lap. With each kilometer under his belt, he gained confidence in his first ever wet race aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 and passed one competitor after another.
On lap six, he was already inside the points scoring positions and made up further ground until he was fighting inside a big group against his brother Brad Binder and Qatar GP race winner Enea Bastianini amongst others for P8. He delivered some intense and thrilling battles and eventually crossed the finish line in tenth, collecting his first six points in the premier class and the rookie crown.
On the other hand, Andrea Dovizioso had a decent feeling on the wet track. Launching off from P17 on the grid, he made up four positions on lap one. One lap later, he found himself already in 11th, but from then started to fight with electronical issues of his bike, until it switched off completely on lap six, which forced him to finish the Indonesian Grand Prix prematurely.
Following the debut at the Mandalika Circuit, the next stop for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team and the entire championship will be on the other side of the globe, as after the absence the last two years, the MotoGP returns to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina in less than two weeks’ time.