Mandalika familiarisation continues for Darryn Binder


Saturday saw the MotoGP riders getting more familiar with the picturesque Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia. In scorching heat, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team riders stepped forward today, getting along better and better at the 4.3-kilometer Indonesian venue, while track conditions slightly meliorated again.

Darryn Binder displayed some great progress today. The MotoGP rookie, who is still learning his new machine and had to master the new layout at once, went 1.442 seconds faster than during the opening day to achieve a personal best of 1:33.053 minutes. Binder lapped the track 54 times today.

Sunday marks the final day of pre-season testing for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team and the entire premier class field at the Mandalika Circuit, before everyone gears up for the first round of 2022 on March 6th in Qatar.


This will be my first time stepping up to a really big bike! It’s a big jump from Moto3, but I’m looking forward to the test. It’s also exciting to join a big team and meet all the new people. They’ve got a lot of experience, and I’m thrilled to work with these guys for the first time and to learn from them. In these next two days, I look forward to building things slowly and just really enjoy it, and try to learn as much as I can to take home with me before the break and prepare for next season.