Motegi weekend concludes with disappointing DNF for Darryn
The Japan Grand Prix, round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship 2022 saw plenty of action from Friday until Sunday afternoon. Following only one dry practice session and a rainy Saturday that was cut short, riders and teams had to go into the race today in sunny and warm conditions, which saw some surprises.
Darryn Binder delivered one of his incredible starts once again, shooting forward from P24 on the grid to 17th position at the end of the first lap. He managed to keep this place for several laps, but later on dropped a bit. Halfway through the 24 laps race, he was in P18 and tried to hold on to his teammate in front of him. Unluckily, he lost the front in lap 14, tried to rejoin the race, but had to eventually give up and return to the garage.
“Today was a disappointing end to the race, crashing out in lap 14. I had a good start and had quite a good rhythm during the race. Cal had just got past me and he had a good pace and I was trying to follow him. But unfortunately, at lap 14 I had a small crash and a disappointing end to the race. Anyway, we take the positives, we had such a short track time this weekend especially during the practise with just one session, I felt I could do quite a ride in the race until I went down. But we’ll try again in Buriram.”