The Chang International Circuit in Buriram welcomed teams and riders this week with continuous rain. Yet, on the first day of action, participants found a mainly dry track for the MotoGP class today, which saw riders getting re-used to the Thai venue in two interesting Free Practice sessions.
Cal Crutchlow started out with a strong pace for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team. In FP1 he missed out on the top 10 by just a whisker of 0.039 seconds. In the second session of the day, the Englishman experimented with tyres and settings of the bike and came close to a huge improvement towards the end. After two sectors he was on the way to make it into the top 5, but unfortunately had a nasty highside on his fast lap, which ruined his chances of further improvements.
In the meantime, Darryn Binder took his time this morning to relearn the 4.6-kilometer-long track aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1. The MotoGP rookie though managed to do a huge step from the first to the second Free Practice. He improved his lap time by 1.582 seconds, eventually losing out on the top by just 1.086 seconds. He unfortunately registered a fall at the end of the second session but still managed to move up from P23 to P21 in the combined practice times.
Now both WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP riders get ready to attack again in FP3 tomorrow at 10:50 local time (05:50 CET).