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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Collect Valuable Data at Misano Test

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Collect Valuable Data at Misano Test

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli returned to action at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli today, keen to boost their overall performance. They finished the Misano MotoGP Official Test in sixth and eighth place respectively in the combined P1+P2 timesheets.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team returned to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the scene of yesterday‘s San Marino GP, for the one-day 2023 Official Misano MotoGP Test. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli used today‘s two practice sessions (P1 held from 09:00-12:45 and P2 held from 14:00-18:00) to compare various testing items. They secured sixth and eighth place respectively in the overall results.

Quartararo was looking forward to starting his testing programme this morning. He had a busy schedule, trying new items such as the aero package and engine as well as new Michelin tyres. He completed 41 laps in Practice 1 and 50 laps in Practice 2. His fastest time was set on his very last lap of the day. That 1‘31.177s put him in sixth place in the overall test rankings, 0.575s from first.

Morbidelli was keen to spend the available track time of the Misano Test to further build on improving the performance of the bike. The Italian was trying various specifications and some other items, including the new chassis. He rode 32 laps in the morning and 44 laps in afternoon to make a good comparison between new solutions. Setting a 1‘31.301s in the final stages of P2, he finished the test in eighth place, 0.699s from the top.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP will be back in action in two weeks‘ time, when they start Round 13, the Grand Prix of India, held at the Buddh International Circuit.

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"I expected much better from this test, but we have to stay positive and analyse the data so we can improve for the Valencia Test. For this year, one of the things that was positive was the spoon that we tried under the swing arm. I think we will start using this at the next race. The rest will need to be further developed for the Valencia Test."

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"I tried various settings, and we did back-to-backs with some aerodynamics, I tried the new chassis - we tried some stuff. I didn‘t have a strong preference for any of the items, so I will stick with what I know for the next few races."

Massimo Meregalli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, Team Director

"We had one day less to test here compared to last year, so we had a full-on schedule. We tried new items. The most important to evaluate were the first 2024 prototype engine and an aero package. Of course, the hopes of our riders, especially Fabio, were very high. He tried the new engine and aero package and collected a lot of data that will be used for future development. Franky focused on aerodynamics and a new chassis. The engineers in Japan and Italy will thoroughly analyse the specifications. A small specification change can affect the bike‘s behaviour a lot, so we want to pay close attention to this task and try to make big steps for the Valencia Test. Michelin also asked us to help test new tyres today, and we like to help them with the development. Though we weren‘t able to complete all the items on our very long list, we are leaving the Misano Test with a good amount of information, which will be the first step for 2024."