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Unfortunate Last Dance for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team in 2022

Unfortunate Last Dance for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team in 2022

Cal Crutchlow ended the Valencia Grand Prix in P16. Darryn Binder couldn’t avoid to crash.

After 20 thrilling rounds across the globe, the final weekend of the MotoGP World Championship 2022 that took place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo saw a disappointing end for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team today, as both, Darryn Binder and Cal Crutchlow unluckily crashed, although the latter managed to remount on his Yamaha YZR-M1 to see the chequered flag in P16.

Crutchlow had qualified in 17th position and kept the place on the first lap. He then struggled to keep his pace and lost a position on lap four. Yet he kept fighting and caught up again. He was back in the points scoring positions on lap seven, but crashed on the same lap. However, he managed to get back in the saddle and lined up in P20 with more than 50 seconds to the rider in front. He eventually benefited from some crashes in front of him and finally saw the flag in P16 finishing his 6th race of the season after coming from retirement replacing Andrea Dovizioso from the San Marino Grand Prix.

On the other side, Darryn Binder was struggling throughout the entire weekend. Several crashes lead to the South African losing his confidence on the bike. Nevertheless, he pushed hard from the back of the grid from lap one. He was able to keep P23 on the first four laps, but then fell victim to his lack of confidence on lap five and lost the front, which unfortunately led to an early end of his rookie season in the premier class.

The entire WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team wished for a better end of the year to reward the trust the squad enjoyed from YAMAHA, all partners and fans. Ultimately, it has been a great journey and the team has won in good spirit and aims to thank the aforementioned for their confidence and support throughout the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season.

Cal Crutchlow

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

"I'm happy with what we have done in the last six races, I felt good, I felt a lot better than I thought I would feel. This weekend was difficult but I honestly believed I would have had a good result, the problem was I felt that the tyre pressure at the start of the race, this was evidently why I crashed because of the massive rise in pressure, it was way over when I crashed. And then when I rode round alone it was in a perfect range, I had a great pace where I wanted to. I was just making sure I finished the race incase I could get a point for the team. Overall, not a bad weekend, my pace was okay, nothing really really special. We did our job for YAMAHA and for the RNF MotoGP Team and now I can go home happy."

Darryn Binder

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

"I'm really upset and disappointed to finish my last Grand Prix weekend the way this one went. It has been a really really tough weekend for me, I've struggled all weekend with feelings on the bike and unfortunately I've had many crashes this weekend. In the race I just started and I was at the back of the pack and I was just trying to figure things out for myself and build it up lap by lap, because I wasn't really able to push and didn't have a great feeling and I had another crashed heading into Turn 2. It was probably the worst weekend of my year, but it is what is. It has been a cool year and I really enjoyed every moment of riding the MotoGP bike and I can't thank everybody enough who was part of this year with me and thanks for the great opportunity. I had an amazing team and they supported me all the way until the end and I am grateful to them and to everyone who supported me. I am now looking forward to my new adventure."

Razlan Razali

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Racing Team, Founder and Team Principal

"Well that was not the final race that we expect but we can be happy and proud that we finished the season in our first year as a team. An unfortunate crash for Darryn Binder and a real effort for Cal Crutchlow to finish the race hoping for some points. It was a memorable weekend for various reasons, besides just racing for the last time for the 2022 season, we said goodbye to Darryn and thank you to Cal for substituting for Andrea Dovizioso, but we also say thank you to YAMAHA for the great years and support since 2019 and to our partners who have been with us throughout this journey. This weekend we also welcome our new investors, CryptoDATA and the team.

"While it's the end of this season with our riders and YAMAHA, it's a new beginning for the RNF MotoGP Team with fresh injection of capital, expertise and ideas with CryptoDATA. Something that we can really look forward to from tomorrow when we receive our new toys from Aprilia and welcoming our new riders for the 2023 season to get ready for the test on Tuesday. Again, we are happy to finish the first year and we look forward to the new season." 

Wilco Zeelenberg

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team, Team Manager

"So the last round is done in Valencia, congratulations to Francesco Bagnaia who did a fantastic season and he deserved the title. We had a difficult weekend and a tough start up from the weekend with technical issue on one bike and then some crashes of course didn't help, cold conditions in the race and also lost the front, that was the end of the story for Darryn. It was difficult for him to get the feeling with  the front tyre and that caused him a lot of trouble.

"For Cal, basically he did well at the start of the race, he was in top ten position and lost the front in Lap 11, a little crashed and he picked back up and was able to finish the race in a good rhythm, so if he would have done that, he could have been in good points. Anyways, both riders are safe and sound. We now look forward to the Tuesday test with Aprilia and to be able to see our level for next season."