Darryn enjoys strong opening day at Phillip Island


The typical several seasons in one day weather welcomed teams and riders this weekend as the MotoGP World Championship returns to Australia. While the rain never stopped throughout Thursday, Friday was sunny but windy and fresh for the first two premier class sessions of the weekend.

MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder got along well straight away. He finished FP1 even slightly ahead of his teammate in P16, showing how much he loves to be back at his favorite circuit after the Australian GP fell victim to the pandemic in the recent two years. He went 0.622 seconds quicker in the second session of the day to end up in P23.

Hoping that the weather stays stable, the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team rider is eager to attack again in FP3 tomorrow morning at 09.55 local time (00:55 CET).


“It’s been a really cool day here in Phillip Island. I was so glad to finally spin some laps at this track on the MotoGP bike. It’s definitely still my favorite track on the calendar. We’ve been lucky today with the weather, that has been a little bit up and down. This morning there was some little rivers crossing the track, but luckily this afternoon we got a complete dry session. I slowly but surely find my way around Phillip Island. I feel good with the bike and look forward to tomorrow to make some more steps forward.”