Both riders set times in the 1min 45secs, which had not been achieved until this season. A stellar time of 1min 45.733secs allowed Quartararo to reach the front row of the grid for the second time in his short MotoGP career. The young Frenchman showed incredible speed in his two runs during Q2 and was only ousted from pole at the last moment. He was the best placed rookie and independent team rider in the class on Saturday.
It was also a great day for Morbidelli, who shone in front of the Italian fans at Mugello. The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider broke the 1min 46secs barrier on his last run with a 1min 45.959secs lap, just 78 thousandths of a second off the front row.
In the morning's FP3 session, Quartararo improved his time from Friday and sealed his place in Q2, finishing sixth with a time of 1min 46.488secs. Morbidelli took ninth thanks to his 1min 46.518secs lap, allowing him to bypass Q1.
Quartararo was fastest in FP4 – with a 1min 46.799secs time – and Morbidelli was tenth with his 1min 47.457secs lap.
The 23-lap MotoGP Italian Grand Prix – the sixth round of the 2019 season – will get underway at 2pm local time tomorrow.