The sun has been a consistent companion of the French Grand Prix weekend so far, although it wasn’t shining too bright for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team today, as Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder had a challenging Saturday at the traditional Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, but still managed to improve.
Dovizioso could use this morning’s FP3 to fine-tune his Yamaha YZR-M1 and while doing so, he went 0.689 seconds faster than his personal best yesterday. Yet also the riders ahead of him went quicker, so he still finished in P20. In Qualifying later on, he cut off another 0.229 seconds from his FP3 time, but ended up in 20th again, which means he’ll have to start tomorrow’s seventh round of 2022 from the seventh row if the grid.
Meanwhile, MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder managed to do a decent step on his side throughout Saturday. He improved by 0.320 seconds in FP3 compared to his fastest time on Friday and even broke into the 1:32s mark in Qualifying to be 0.645 seconds quicker again and finish in 13th, which means he’ll line up in row eight tomorrow.
The French Grand Prix on Sunday starts at 14:00 local time with a distance of 27 laps around the Bugatti Circuit and so far unclear weather predictions, that could play a major role in tomorrow’s outcome for the entire MotoGP field.