Fresh off from the Aragon GP, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team is starting the oversea rounds this weekend highly motivated. After having not been able to race in Japan due to the pandemic in the last two years, the entire crew and both, Darryn Binder and Cal Crutchlow are excited to be back at the Twin Ring Motegi.
After he struggled with tyre wear from halfway distance of the race in Misano, premier class rookie Binder has been working hard with his team to improve. The South African made some obvious steps in the right direction at round 15 in Aragon and is eager to build up on that progress this weekend. At the same time, he is thrilled to race his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time on Japanese ground.
Meanwhile Crutchlow arrives with a slight advantage, as he has been testing in Motegi recently, yet he’ll be using a different bike this weekend for his second time back in Grand Prix racing after one year. The Yamaha test rider, who is taking over the WithU Yamaha RNF machine for the remainder of this season, counts Motegi to one of his favorite circuits, and is therefore delighted to return to action there this week.
Due to the short time to get all the freight from Aragon to Japan, the weekend will just start at 15:05 local time (08:05 CET) with a 75 minutes Free Practice one on Friday, which is the only session on day one.