Darryn faces Le Mans raceday challenge despite improvements in qualifying


The sun has been a consistent companion of the French Grand Prix weekend so far, although it wasn’t shining too bright for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team today, as rookie Darryn Binder had a challenging Saturday at the traditional Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, but still managed to improve.

Darryn managed to do a decent step on his side throughout Saturday. He improved by 0.320 seconds in FP3 compared to his fastest time on Friday and even broke into the 1:32s mark in Qualifying to be 0.645 seconds quicker again and finish in 13th, which means he’ll line up in row eight tomorrow.

The French Grand Prix on Sunday starts at 14:00 local time with a distance of 27 laps around the Bugatti Circuit and so far unclear weather predictions, that could play a major role in tomorrow’s outcome for the entire MotoGP field.


“Today I managed to make a little step forward in Qualifying, which I’m quite happy with. I feel like I’m slowly but surely start to understand how I need to ride the bike in order to work a bit better. I feel like I could have maybe made another step, but we’ll try again tomorrow. Overall, I feel more and more comfortable on the bike and start to slowly learning things. Unfortunately, every weekend we start at zero again and it takes a bit longer to get to where you want to. But anyway, I’m feeling confident for tomorrow. Let’s see what the weather brings. Rain or shine – I’ll do my best.”