The sun was shining on Saturday for the final Free Practice sessions and Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship 2022, accompanied by passionate fans around the 4.4-kilometre Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto. Yet, the sun wasn’t shining so bright for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team pair, as Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder have been unlucky in setting a fast lap time in Qualifying.
Compared to Friday, Dovizioso improved his fastest time in this morning’s Free Practice three by 0.554 seconds, yet he was still struggling to find the right feeling. While FP4 served as a test session for various settings, the Italian was ready to get closer to the front in Qualifying one. Unfortunately, several incidents with yellow flags stopped his progress throughout the eight timed laps. He ended up in P13 and will have to catch up from row eight tomorrow.
In the meantime, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder found some improvements in FP3 as well. He went 0.65 seconds quicker than on Friday and thereby reduced his gap to the front, while increasing his feeling.
After Free Practice four, the South African likewise aimed to step further ahead, but like his teammate was unlucky to be at the wrong corners in the wrong time, when pushing is not allowed. Therefore, Binder will start from row nine tomorrow when the red lights go out for his sixth ever premier class race at 14:00 local time in the South of Spain.