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PETRONAS Yamaha SRT optimistic ahead of Italian GP

PETRONAS Yamaha SRT optimistic ahead of Italian GP

Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo reach the Italian GP with things looking good for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team. The MotoGP duo will aim to take another step forward in their quest for a premier class podium at a special Grand Prix for Morbidelli, who will be competing in front of his home fans at Mugello.

This will be Morbidelli's first home race as a PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider and his recent results give him reason to be positive. The Italian has finished inside the top ten at the last three races and was seventh at the French GP just over a week ago. Now, Morbidelli arrives at a circuit at which his best result came in 2017, when he achieved pole position and finished fourth in the season in which he was crowned Moto2 World Champion.

Quartararo remains the top rookie in the MotoGP class and made an impressive fightback at Le Mans last time out. At Mugello, the Frenchman's target is to keep up his good results. His highest finish there is fifth in Moto3 in 2016.

The 23-lap MotoGP race will be held on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm local time.

Franco Morbidelli

I'm very happy to be going to Mugello. This is always a race with a lot of emotion for me. I also feel some pressure, because I haven't had great results here, but it is always a fun Grand Prix in front of all of the Italian fans. We will try to be faster than ever and achieve my best result to date. The results have been very good at the opening races of the season and I feel confident on the bike. I'm looking forward to meeting all the fans and I hope to have a good race.

Fabio Quartararo

Mugello is one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar but I’m still pushing for a strong performance. In France, I had a great fight back through the field and the fastest lap showed the pace we can have. For Mugello, I want to be further up the order on the grid and make a better start. If I can do that – and show the same race pace we had in Le Mans – it should be a happy race! If we put together a clean weekend from Friday to Sunday, we can get a good result, as our potential has shown at recent races.