The typical several seasons in one day weather welcomed teams and riders this weekend as the MotoGP World Championship returns to Australia. While the rain never stopped throughout Thursday, Friday was sunny but windy and fresh for the first two premier class sessions of the weekend.
Thereby, Cal Crutchlow, who traditionally enjoys riding the unique Phillip Island circuit found himself in the middle of the pack while getting re-used to the undulating track. He concluded the first Free Practice in P17, missing out on the top by 1.5 seconds. In FP2, he improved by 1.662 seconds to miss only 0.731 seconds to the fastest rider, yet he ended up in P18 of the super-competitive MotoGP field.
In the meantime, MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder got along well straight away. He finished FP1 even slightly ahead of his teammate in P16, showing how much he loves to be back at his favourite circuit after the Australian GP fell victim to the pandemic in the recent two years. He went 0.622 seconds quicker in the second session of the day to end up in P23.
Hoping that the weather stays stable, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo is eager to attack again in FP3 tomorrow morning at 09.55 local time (00:55 CET).