It was a difficult opening day of the Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP. Fabio Quartararo continued his search for a good feeling in mixed conditions and ended the first day in 16th place. Despite still riding with a knee injury in the severely wet and treacherous conditions, Franco Morbidelli made encouraging time improvements. He secured 20th position in the FP2 and combined Friday free practice timesheets.
Quartararo had a difficult outing on a soaking opening day at the Misano circuit. He had a lot on his plate in the morning, focusing on confirming the feedback on set-up solutions used in the wet FP1 session in Austin three weeks ago. His 1’45.477s best time, set on the last lap of a very long second run, put him in 18th place, with a 3.103 margin to first.
The Frenchman had the goal to get higher up the rankings in the afternoon. He found a way to climb up the FP2 order midway through the session. But with the track conditions changing from wet to half-dry, some dicey moments during his mini time-attack cost him a top-10 placement. His best time, a 1’43.097 set on lap 9/19, put him in 16th place in the combined as well as the FP2 results, 1.792s from first.
Morbidelli enjoyed a positive start to the Emilia-Romagna GP weekend. The wet track conditions didn't faze him, and he gradually improved his time. Setting a 1’44.054s at the end of the morning session, he briefly held a place inside the top 3. The Yamaha man ended the tricky FP1 outing in fifth place, 1.680s from first.
The local hero continued working on his bike’s set-up in the afternoon. Thanks to this tweaking, he was able to drop under the 1’44s-mark on the drying track at the end of the session. He set a 1’43.585s on his last attempt for 20th place both in the FP2 and the combined timesheets, with a 2.280s margin to first.