This weekend will see PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team head to the Gran Premio de Europa to start the final countdown to the season finale with the first of two races in a row at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Both Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli go to the first round of the final triple-header of the year in contention for the riders’ title with 75 points up for grabs across the two Valencia rounds and Portimão season-ender.
After a successful Grand Prix at the Valencia circuit last year, which saw Quartararo start from pole position and finish second, the Frenchman will be hoping for another good result at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, to increase the pressure on the current world championship leader. Fabio is confident of being able to reduce the 14-point deficit in the standings over the next two weekends in Valencia, before the final round in Portimão immediately after.
Fresh from taking his second MotoGP victory last time out, Morbidelli will be keen to continue this good form at Valencia this weekend, and reduce the 25-point deficit in the riders’ championship. The Italian has previously stepped on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo podium in 2017, racing in the Moto2 championship, and also started the same race from the front row of the grid. Franco goes into this race, the first of two at the Spanish circuit, fourth in the World Championship standings.
This weekend will be the first chance to decide the Best Independent Team for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT and the Constructor Title for Yamaha. The Gran Premio de Europa will begin for the MotoGP pair at 10.55am local time (5.55pm MYT) on Friday with Free Practice 1. Sunday’s 27-lap race will get underway at 2pm local time (9pm MYT).