Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder got back in the saddle of their Yamaha YZR-M1 today in Malaysia.
Common hot and humid conditions welcomed the MotoGP World Championship at their return to the Sepang International Circuit for the first official day of testing in 2022, whereby the Withu Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder kicked off and continued their pre-season preparations.
Following the winter break, Dovizioso eventually was back on track today trying his brand-new 2022 machine. The Italian did 60 laps around one of his favorite tracks and was happy not just to be back in action, but also to be back at the place where he celebrated two victories in the premier class already. He did a fastest lap of 2:00.342 minutes.
On his side, Binder already did his fourth full day of testing in Malaysia, after the rookie had the chance to fruitfully use three day so shakedown test earlier this week. The South African, who steps up from Moto3 to MotoGP directly this year, did further progress aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 and clocked a personal best of 2:00.818 minutes today after 45 laps.
Before the WithU YAMAHA RNF MotoGP Team is heading over to the newly added Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia next week, they will have a second and final day of testing at the 5.543-kilometer venue to further explore the potential of bikes and riders in preparation of the 2022 season.