Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP have started the final race weekend of the 2021 MotoGP season. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli showed their strong motivation to entertain the fans one last time this year by pushing on in wet conditions in FP1 and in cold and drying conditions in FP2. They ended the day in 11th and 13th place respectively in the combined free practice results.
Quartararo used the FP1 session to focus on improving his feeling with the bike on wet asphalt. He showed his determination to improve, completing 21 laps, the most of any MotoGP rider. His fastest time, a 1'42.081s set on lap 20, put him in 15th place, 1.512s from first.
The Frenchman had a tricky start to FP2 with a crash on his fifth lap in Turn 2. Fortunately, he was unhurt and soon rushed back to pit lane. The incident did cost El Diablo some time, but he was soon back on track. He wrapped up the session in 13th position with a best time of 1'31.708s, set on lap 16/17, 0.781s from the top in the FP2 and combined free practice results.
Morbidelli took his time adapting to the wet Valencian track in the morning. He spent the session tweaking his bike's set-up and completed a total of 17 laps. His enthusiasm for this circuit showed in his second run, when he started to feature in the top 10. His best time, a 1'41.200s set on lap 15, briefly put him in second place three minutes before the end of the session but ultimately saw him in eighth place, 0.631s from P1.
The Italian was eager to show a strong pace again in the afternoon in drier conditions. The Yamaha rider put his head down and by the halfway stage he was leading the session with a 1'31.832s, set on a medium-medium tyre combination. The times dropped in the final minutes as many riders put in a mini time-attack, but the number-21 rider‘s fastest time, set on lap 11 of 20, kept him in 13th place, 0.905s from first.