Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales had a full programme today at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto in preparation for Sunday‘s Gran Premio de España. The Factory Yamaha duo ended the Friday in 2nd and 5th place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets and are in a positive mindset ahead of tomorrow‘s qualifying action.
Quartararo was greatly looking forward to starting this GP. Keen to put in the work required for a good race weekend, he hopped on his YZR-M1 in FP1 and put in 19 laps in total. He mostly focused on getting comfortable with his bike‘s settings. His best time, a 1‘38.344s set on lap 5, put him in fifth place, 0.331s from first.
The Frenchman stuck with the strategy from this morning in FP2. He mainly worked on preparing for Sunday‘s race in the afternoon and only switched to soft-soft tyres for the final stages of the session. He clocked a 1‘37.387s on lap 18/19, that earned him second place in the FP2 and the combined FP rankings, 0.178s off the fastest time.
Viñales is a fan of the Jerez track and knows like no other that the cooler morning session would be best spent preparing a set-up that suits the hotter afternoon conditions. He set a 1'38.434s fastest time on lap 15/22, securing ninth place, 0.421s from the top.
As the temperatures rose in the afternoon, the times dropped considerably. The Spaniard quietly worked on his bike for most of the available track time, but with a little more than six minutes left on the clock he gave an extra push. Having opted for the medium-soft tyre combination, he set a 1‘37.726s on lap 20/20 that earned him fifth place in the F2 and combined session times, 0.517s to first.