Petronas Yamaha SRT confident ahead of South American adventure

After the season opener at the Losail International Circuit, the MotoGP World Championship heads to the other side of the world this weekend for round two at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, home of the Grand Prix of Argentina since 2014. The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team travel to South America feeling confident of maintaining the good form they showed in Qatar, where both riders featured in Q2 and only an incident for Fabio Quartararo on the grid meant they both didn’t also feature in the points.

Franco Morbidelli took eleventh place in the Qatar race, on a night that saw him spend the majority of the race running with the lead group. Now the Italian heads to Termas de Rio Hondo, a circuit where he celebrated on the podium after taking victory on his way to the Moto2 title in 2017, and where he scored two points in his debut season within the premiere class last year.

Quartararo experienced a rollercoaster debut into the MotoGP field at the season opener in Qatar. The Frenchman immediately excelled taking fifth place in Q2 - the best qualifying performance by a rookie in the premiere class since 2008 -, but the high was short lived following an unfortunate incident on the grid, resulting in a pit-lane start. Nevertheless Quartararo made a heroic recovery, fighting his way to sixteenth place and setting the fastest lap of the race. Three weeks on, the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider is determined to score the first points of his MotoGP career in Argentina, at a circuit where he boasts a best result of 6th in the Moto3 race in 2015.

The 25-lap MotoGP race will start at 3pm local time on Sunday. Prior to that, the whole PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will be raising awareness of climate change by taking part in the Earth Hour campaign.