Darryn closes tough #AmericasGP weekend with 22nd place finish
It was a sunny but windy race day for the fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas today. Yet, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team pair of Darryn Binder and Andrea Dovizioso crossed the finish line after 20 demanding laps, facing hard conditions.
Darryn had to start last after a tough day in the office on Saturday. Nevertheless, the MotoGP rookie took every opportunity to learn and understand about the demanding race distance at COTA. He made up one position after the start and moved forward to the top 20 around half distance, fighting with his fellow rookies until with four laps to go he got in trouble with some electronic issues, had to stop at the pits and afterwards continued and finished the race in P22.
With another lesson learned, the entire WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team is looking forward to return home for a week and kick off the European season in less than a fortnight in Portimao, Portugal.
“All together it has been a difficult weekend, I crashed a couple of times, which definitely did not help with my confidence going into the race. Anyway, I started the race and made a mistake at the beginning, which made me fall back a couple of position. I then caught back up to a couple of guys and was fighting with the other rookies for a while, unfortunately we had a little technical issue and I had to stop at the pit lane with three laps to go. Overall, I felt like I learned a lot from this weekend. It’s been a really hard weekend physically and riding this bike around this track is super demanding. I’m just glad I was able to get a lot of laps and now I know exactly on what I need to work on, get stronger and fitter and be ready for Portimao.”