Following an intense Friday with hot and humid weather and some heavy rain showers, Saturday at the Sepang International Circuit stayed mainly dry for the MotoGP. In the scorching conditions Cal Crutchlow and Darryn Binder managed to improve throughout the day, but both suffered a crash as well.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team‘s Crutchlow didn’t have an easy day. After topping the time sheets in wet and drying FP2 yesterday, he went quicker on a dry track this morning, improving his FP1 time by 1.252 seconds while testing different tyres. Yet, a crash ended his further chase for a fast lap time prematurely, whereby he came away battered and bruised. He managed to remount on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in FP4 and in Qualifying, where he again went 0.743 seconds faster to finish Q1 in P5, repeating his and the team’s best Qualifying result to date lining up in 15th.
On the other side, MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder had to regain confidence after he already suffered a fall in Friday’s FP1. Yet, he managed to make some decent steps in Free Practice three this morning to go 1.426 seconds faster than in yesterday’s only full dry session.
After FP4, the South African was ready to step up, but unfortunately came off the track again in turn 11 in just his second flying lap. Luckily he managed to bring his bike back to the garage, but later on was unable to further improve due to yellow flags. He will start the Malaysian Grand Prix tomorrow at 15:00 local time (09:00 CET) from P24, the eighth row of the grid.