Both riders experienced the new asphalt at the Andalusian track for the first time in this morning’s session. The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT duo both concluded FP1 inside Top 10, with Quartararo sixth after clocking a 1:38.209 lap and Morbidelli ninth thanks to a 1:38.209.
In FP2, Quartararo focussed on testing all of the available tyre compounds in order to gather essential data from each. With his pace still competitive, the Frenchman began to break into the 1m37s lap times. Just before he could claim his lap, the session was temporarily stopped due to a crash, that brought out the red flag.
Nevertheless Quartararo’s best time of 1:38.370 from his previous attempt would keep him on target for entry into Q2 – Finishing sixth in the session and eighth overall.Using the session to look for the best setup and tyre combination for his Yamaha YZR-M1, Morbidelli struggled to better his pace in FP2, finishing the session in 18th with a time of 1:38.900. Despite just missing out on the provisional cut for Q2 by one tenth of a second, the Italian is confident that he can take the step needed and fight for a top ten position in tomorrow’s qualifying.The Saturday schedule sees a final practice session in the morning, followed by qualifying at 2:10 pm (Q1) and 2:35 pm (Q2).