The fourth round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship started today in sunny, but windy and fresh conditions in the morning at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Thereby, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo delivered some improvements from Free Practice one to Free Practice two at the famous and partly resurfaced American track.
Andrea Dovizioso used the first session of the weekend to re-adapt to the COTA again, after he already rode the American GP aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 less than half year ago. But changed conditions also required some adaptations. From FP1 to FP2, the Italian showed some great steps forward. He went 1.618 seconds quicker in the second session and eventually missed out on the top 10 by just 0.293 seconds in the ultra-tight premier class field.
It was an even harder task for Darryn Binder, as the rookie tried the big machine for the first time this morning. Yet, he managed to finish FP1 in 22nd position and lowered his lap time in Free Practice two by an impressive 1.519 seconds. On his way to an even faster lap time, he unfortunately went down towards the end of FP2, but is confident to step further ahead in the following days.
Saturday’s action is set to kick off with FP3 tomorrow at 09.55 local time (16:55 CET), followed by FP4 for the MotoGP class at 13:30 local time (20:30 CET) and the Qualifying sessions, starting from 14:10 local time (21:10 CET).