Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Cal Crutchlow and Fabio Quartararo enjoyed a fruitful opening day of the Gran Premio de Aragón race weekend. Crutchlow‘s liking for the MotorLand Aragón track showed in his Friday performance and resulted in a third place in the FP2 and combined results. Quartararo also had a positive outing overall. Though being stung by a bee in the final minutes of FP2 somewhat disrupted proceedings during his time attack, he still earned seventh place overall.
Crutchlow was eager to step back aboard his YZR-M1 this morning. The Briton likes the Aragon track, and he underlined that fact by frequently featuring in the top 10 throughout the session. Although he didn't put in a time-attack, his best time, a 1‘49.670s set on lap 14/17, kept him in twelfth place, 1.622s from the top.
Feeling extra confident after FP1, the number-35 rider put in a good amount of laps this afternoon to confirm the positive findings. By run 3 he shifted his attention to the mini time attack. He displayed the YZR-M1‘s one-lap potential by clocking a 1‘47.897s on lap 17/19. Originally the time put him in second place, but by the end of the session he was holding third in the FP2 and combined results, 0.284s from first.
Quartararo set out in the morning with a game plan. His mission for the day was to quickly adapt to the MotorLand Aragón track and then find a good set-up for his Yamaha that would allow him to be consistently fast throughout the weekend. His early 1‘50.185s moved him up to the top of the provisional rankings, allowing him to fully concentrate on the task at hand. His fastest time of the session, a 1‘49.451s on lap 14/19, kept him in eighth place with a 1.403s margin to his fastest rival.
In the afternoon, El Diablo gradually upped his pace. He held fourth place for most of the session whilst preparing for a mini time attack at the end. However, just when he wanted to put his YZR-M1 to the test, he was stung on his neck by a bee whilst out on track. Despite the unlucky incident and running into some traffic in his final laps, the Frenchman still set a 1‘48.034s on lap 16/17 that put him in seventh place in the Friday timesheets, with a 0.421s gap to first.