The Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina took place in sunny and hot conditions today, following a very unusual weekend, which saw practice time limited due to cargo issues after the Indonesian round two weeks ago. Yet, Warm Up this morning was extended to 40 minutes in order to give riders and teams a better chance to prepare the 25 laps race in the afternoon.
Thereby, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder started race day with a strong pace in Warm Up to finish in P15. After starting the race from P23, he made up one position on the first lap and climbed up to P18 on lap three. The South African delivered some strong fights again with his fellow rookies and more experienced riders. Yet, he struggled to keep his pace towards the end in the high temperatures. Nevertheless, Binder finished his third MotoGP race in P18, learning more and more about his Yamaha YZR-M1 and keeping second place in the rookies fight.
On the other side of the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team garage, Andrea Dovizioso learned a lesson as well. Full of tension at the start, the experienced Italian forgot to unlock his front start device after the start and had to come to the pits at the end of lap one. Until his crew managed to fix the issue, he was three laps from the top, but still went back out and did some pretty decent lap times, with a personal best of 1:39.908 after 18 laps. He eventually crossed the line in P22.
In just one week, both Binder and Dovizioso can make up for a difficult Argentina weekend as the MotoGP World Championship is heading over to Texas now for the fourth round of the 2022 season at the Circuit of the Americas close to Austin.