Darryn enjoys good feelings on opening day at sunny Mugello


It was a sunny start into the home Grand Prix for Andrea Dovizioso and WithU, the title sponsor of the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team today at the picturesque Mugello circuit, which is a fans’ favorite. Throughout Friday, temperatures have been rising around the 5.2-kilometer track, making life tough for men and material.

MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder tried his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time in Mugello and was amazed from the morning. The South African went 1.223 seconds faster in FP2 compared to FP1 this morning, getting a lot closer to the top and showing how much he enjoys the big bike here.

Darryn already has some ideas on how to improve in Free Practice three tomorrow morning at 09:55 local time ahead of Free Practice four and the all-important Qualifying sessions on Saturday afternoon.


“It’s really cool to be able to ride the MotoGP bike around Mugello. It’s such an insane track, the straight is super fast. I really, really enjoyed riding here today. This morning, I started off pretty decently and I feel like I made a step in FP2, being a lot closer to the other guys. I now have quite a good feeling for the end of this Friday. I know in which direction we need to work tomorrow and I’m really excited to get FP3 underway and just keep improving and keep enjoying riding here in Mugello.”