Showing strong pace all weekend despite mixed conditions and high winds blasting the seaside track, Morbidelli went into today optimistic about what he could achieve when the lights went out. However, struggling first in this morning’s rescheduled qualifying session, he then wasn’t able to find the pace he needed to be competitive in the race. Dropping back to 14th at the start, Morbidelli was able to regroup and recover a number of places before riding a relatively lonely race to finish in 11th.
Quartararo went into the race nursing an ankle injury after a heavy crash during Friday’s FP1 but was able to bounce back to start second after qualifying. Lining up on the front row, he made a strong start to battle for the lead - but ran wide on the opening lap before being struck by another rider as they crashed behind him, ending Quartararo’s race prematurely.
The team maintain a healthy position in the championship standings, with Fabio staying sixth and Franco tenth in the overall rider standings. Quartararo still leads the Independent Riders’ award by 22 points and PETRONAS Yamaha SRT is 58 points in front of its nearest rival in the Independent Teams’ series and stays fourth in the general Teams’ classification.
The team can bounce back imminently, with action resuming in only five days’ time. Practice starts for their home race at the Sepang International Circuit on Friday 1st November ahead of Sunday 3rd November’s Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.