Fabio Quartararo
News News 15 October 2019

Quartararo and Morbidelli head for Land of the Rising Sun and Japanese GP

The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are heading to the Land of the Rising Sun for the next round of the 2019 MotoGP championship, jetting off to Asia for the first of three back-to-back races that will culminate in the team’s home race in Malaysia. Going into the Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi buoyant after strong results last time out in Thailand, the pair are aiming to continue their strong run of form when the lights go out on Sunday.

Quartararo led for most of the race last time out in Buriram, only losing out on the win in the last corner, but was still able to secure second place to move one step closer to the rookie of the year title (an award that he can mathematically win this weekend in Japan) and extending his lead in the Independent Riders’ championship. A big fan of the Motegi circuit, he came home in first place in last year’s Moto2 race there before losing the victory thanks to a technical infringement and will be no doubt keen to put that behind him with a strong result on Sunday.

Morbidelli is also heading to a circuit he has fond memories of and will be aiming to improve on a strong run of top-six finishes in recent races. Already a podium finisher at Motegi in the Moto2 class and looking to continue his recent impressive results, another strong result from him will also help lock down the squad’s lead in the Independent Teams championship as well.

The 2019 MotoGP World Championship kicks off at the Grand Prix of Japan on Friday 18th October with practice starting at 1050 local time (0950 Malaysian time) ahead of Sunday’s 24-lap race.

Franco Morbidelli

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“Motegi is a very important weekend, and we’ll have to try and make a good result for Yamaha at their home race. I have great memories there, I’ve been on the podium before, and I like the track and Japan in general. It’s a particular layout and one that is quite tricky, but it suits me. My aim for the rest of the season is to continue the way we’ve been working, having solid race weekends and improving where we can to make another step forward. MotoGP is a category where anything can happen, but Yamaha has been on a good trend since Silverstone and hopefully we can carry on like that in the flyaway races.”

Fabio Quartararo

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“We’ll keep working in the same way as we have in the past few weeks, and try to challenge for a good position and to aim for the podium. We’re also obviously keeping an eye on the rookie of the year title with Motegi being the first place where it can be won - but there’s no rush on it either! We’ve seen that Marc [Marquez] has been really fast at Motegi in the past, but it’s also a circuit where I was very strong last year, and for sure it’s going to feel great to be able to ride a MotoGP bike there.”