The sun was shining bright over the Motorland Aragon on Saturday again, although proceedings didn’t go according to plan for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team with Cal Crutchlow registering a first crash towards the end of Free Practice three this morning, while Darryn Binder overrode the limits twice today. Luckily both escaped their respective crashes unharmed.
Yamaha test rider Crutchlow, taking over the Yamaha YZR-M1 from this weekend until the rest of the season, made a step in FP3 this morning to go 0.578 seconds faster than on Friday afternoon. He was missing out on the top by less than a second and went 0.412 seconds faster again in Qualifying one. Yet, he was slowed down on his final time attack due to other riders crashing, which meant he couldn’t further improve on his P19 in Qualifying overall.
Binder, who went down at the end of FP3 this morning and again in FP4, still jumped back on the bike for Q1, starting optimistically. Like his new teammate, the MotoGP rookie couldn’t get closer to the front, as yellow flags stopped his progress on his second and final outing. He was left back in P13 of Q1, which means he’ll have to launch off from row eighth tomorrow when the lights go out for the Aragon Grand Prix, round 15 of 2022.