PETRONAS Yamaha SRT arrive in Europe in excellent shape
After the first three flyaway rounds, the MotoGP World Championship arrives in Europe, where the next eleven races of the 2019 season will take place. The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosts the Spanish Grand Prix, the fourth round of the year, where the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT team will look to pick up from where they left off at the recent Grand Prix of The Americas. In Austin, the pair earned their best results in the premier class to date.
Franco Morbidelli claimed his first MotoGP Top 5 finish at the Circuit of The Americas, with the Italian showing that he was able to ride with the fastest competitors in the class. He now heads to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, where his best result is a fourth place from 2016 in Moto2. Both he and his teammate have already ridden at the track with their Yamaha machines, in last November’s post-season test.
Fabio Quartararo continues to enjoy a great start to the season - his seventh place finish in Austin took him to 17 points in the overall standings, maintaining his position as the best MotoGP rookie of the year so far. The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider has great memories of Jerez, as it was there that he was proclaimed champion of the FIM CEV series in 2013. His best result at the Spanish track in the World Championship is a fourth place in 2015, when competing in Moto3.
The fourth race of the 2019 season will take place on Sunday at 2pm local time.
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT - Rider
"I have used these last two weeks to rest up, but I have also trained a lot to prepare myself for Jerez. It's a very nice circuit and I like it a lot; we have already tested the bike there last November and we were very fast then, so I'm confident that we can do well and have enough potential to be fast there this weekend. The only unknown aspect is the conditions that we will encounter. I’m very happy after the Top 5 finish in the USA, but we must continue in the same way, with the pace we have shown since the first race. We have been fast, consistent and strong. I feel good with the team and with the bike, but we have to find a way to improve during the year, so we will have to remain strong and try to climb up the standings."
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT - Rider
"As always, I have been training a lot over these past couple of weeks, but above all I have been enjoying time with family and friends. I have also been able to celebrate my birthday with them. Jerez is a different track for me, because it is a circuit where we have already ridden with the bike. We will try to have a good FP1 and keep inside the Top 10 throughout the whole weekend, which is our main objective. The bike is different now than it was at the test, but it is also positive to have tested there beforehand. At the moment, my goal is to be inside the Top 10, but if we have a good pace then I’m sure that we will be able to fight for a good result."