Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli‘s patience and adaptability were tested today at the Mobility Resort Motegi track. Following multiple delays due to stormy weather and tricky track conditions, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP duo put in brave rides to find the limit on the still wet surface. They secured 9th and 14th place on the grid respectively.
Heavy rain and very wet track conditions caused delays in today‘s schedule, leading to MotoGP‘s FP3 to be cancelled and Q1 to start at 16:10 LT (GMT +9) and Q2 at 16:35.
Quartararo had been keeping a close eye on the weather and track conditions from pit lane during the Moto2 qualifying and MotoGP Q1 sessions. He put his best foot forward right from the get-go of the 15-minute shoot-out. His 1‘56.326s first attempt put him in provisional second place. However, he struggled to make further strides. He was on a good lap on his eighth and final try, but a big wobble in the third sector denied him a time improvement. He ended the session in ninth place, 1.112s from first.
Morbidelli was the first rider out in Q1, wasting no time to get a lap in. His 1‘57.368s benchmark lap earned him provisional first place with a 0.476s margin to his closest rival. But with the track conditions improving, the Yamaha man knew he needed to keep pushing. As expected, the pace picked up in the final stages. The Italian was firing in one hot lap after another but was unable to get into the top 2. He ended the session in fourth place, 0.706s from first, with a 1‘56.006s best time set on lap 7/8. He will start tomorrow‘s race from P14.