Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo made a strong comeback in the Practice session at the Buddh International Circuit. He secured 8th place, earning him a spot in Q2. Franco Morbidelli was also challenging for a top-10 result but ended the afternoon session in 14th place, which puts him on the entry list for Q1.
As a technical issue had cost Quartararo and Morbidelli valuable time in the extended morning session, they had to double down in the afternoon.
Quartararo soon featured in the top 4 in the Practice session, showing great skill in quickly adapting to the track in the afternoon heat. Taking a liking to the Buddh circuit, he soon got into a good rhythm. He used most of the session to make up for the track time lost in the morning and managed to be in good shape once the time attack commenced. Though not able to set the perfect lap he had in mind, he still clocked a 1‘45.291s on lap 24/29. It earned him eighth, 0.509s from first.
Morbidelli found himself in circumstances similar to his teammate‘s. He was determined to get in as many laps as possible during the afternoon session to get familiar with the ’new‘ circuit. The hot conditions and low grip levels took some getting used to, but the Italian did make a big step and briefly held a top-3 spot. However, as the times dropped, his fastest lap of the session, a 1‘45.576s set on lap 26/27, was not enough to keep him listed as one of the provisional Q2 entrants. He ranked 14th in the classifications, 0.794s from today‘s best time.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP duo will be back on track tomorrow for FP2 from 10:40 - 11:10 local track time (GMT +5:30). The qualifying sessions are held from 11:20 - 12:00 and are followed by the Sprint starting at 15:30.