Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli kicked off the Gran Premio de Aragón race weekend with two busy Friday free practice sessions. They put in a lot of effort to cross-check the Misano Test findings and get in hot laps at the same time. It resulted in a 2nd and 14th place respectively in the FP2 and combined results.
Quartararo was eager to step back aboard his YZR-M1 this morning to try the new chassis and some setting options he explored during the Misano Test in a different environment. The Aragon track makes for a good testing ground. Although he didn't put in a time-attack, his best time of the morning, a 1‘49.085s set on lap 5/20, kept him in eighth place, 0.399s from first.
In the afternoon, El Diablo showed his real pace early on in the session. A 1‘47.873s set on only his fourth lap put him in third place for most of FP2. It wasn‘t until the time attack about seven minutes before the end of the session that the Frenchman had to buckle up again. He put his Yamaha to the test, setting red sectors. His 1‘47.476s benchmark lap on the soft rear tyre ever so briefly put him in first place. He kept pushing but didn‘t improve on the time he had set on lap 16/18. But he still finished in second place in the Friday timesheets, with a 0.074s gap to first.
Morbidelli set out in the morning with the goal to find a good set-up for his Yamaha early on in the weekend. However, there were also quite a few Misano Testing items to go over, so the Italian had to balance priorities. He opted for getting the data gathering done first and then move on to setting a fast lap. His best time of the session, a 1‘49.088s, set on lap 12/14, earned him ninth place, with a 0.402s margin to the top.
The number-21 rider put in a good number of laps in the afternoon working on improving his overall performance. By Run 3 he shifted his attention to the mini time attack. By clocking a 1‘48.002s on lap 15/17 he originally moved up to 12th place. But with the times being incredibly close in MotoGP today, he was holding 14th position in the FP2 and combined FP results by the end of the session, 0.600s from first.