Third for Fabio and fifth for Franco was achieved at Assen in the first race weekend where the team utilised PETRONAS’ new Sprinta engine oil, developed specifically for the team’s Yamaha YZR-M1. This added impetus means the team is focused to capitalise on its performance as MotoGP goes into the first back-to-back races in the premier class, moving across Europe to the Sachsenring.
Quartararo will be looking to make it three podiums in a row come Sunday’s 30-lap race at the shortest track on the MotoGP calendar, coming straight off the back of successive podiums in Barcelona and Assen. Still learning in every race, the rookie will also have the added experience of having led a MotoGP race for the first time as he takes on the Sachsenring.
Morbidelli will be looking to build on a strong performance last time out, as the Italian-Brazilian racer matched his best ever finish in the premiere class of fifth. Already a winner at the Sachsenring circuit, located just outside the town of Chemnitz, he took victory there in 2017 en-route to the Moto2 crown, and will be targeting another strong result this time round – especially after being forced to sit out the race last season thanks to injury.
Sunday’s race will kick off at 2pm local time (8pm Malaysian time).