Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli were back aboard their YZR-M1s today for the second and last day of the 2022 Misano MotoGP Official Test. They secured 1st and 12th place respectively in the overall combined timesheets.
The teammates used today‘s two sessions (09:00–13:00 and 14:00–18:00) to get into the nitty gritty of the data required to evaluate the new testing items: including a prototype 2023 engine, a new chassis, and winglets.
Quartararo focused on electronics work in the morning. It was clearly to his liking. El Diablo completed 40 laps in FP3 of the Misano Test and clocked a 1‘31.116s on lap 39, the top time of the session, with a 0.056s margin. His improved feeling with his YZR-M1 put the Frenchman in a great mood as he tested fairings and winglets in the afternoon. He ran another 32 laps and bettered his personal best lap of the test to a 1‘31.054s on lap 26. It made him the fastest rider of the Misano Test, with a 0.118s advantage over his closest rival in the final combined results, although his morning time would also have done the trick.
Morbidelli had enjoyed the first day of the Misano Test, especially as the new engine ticked all the boxes of what he had hoped for, making for a smooth yet powerful bike. The Italian dedicated the FP3 practice time to gathering further data. He got in 35 laps and set a 1‘31.614s for ninth place in the FP3 results, 0.498s from first. Morbido continued work in the afternoon session until the chequered flag, riding another 33 laps, setting a 1‘31.714s for third place in the FP4 timesheets on his final try. However, he didn‘t improve on his best time. It was his morning lap that put him in 12th place in the overall results, 0.560s from the top.
The team will be back in action on 16-18 Sept at Round 15 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, held at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Spain.