Quartararo had a strong start to the morning in damp conditions at the Buriram track and was able to continue that form over into a dry FP4 to finish first. Breaking the lap record not once but twice in qualifying to take the top spot with a time of 1mins 29.719secs, it means he ended the day 0.106 seconds ahead of his closest rival, fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales, despite a small tumble in the final seconds of the session.
Morbidelli was also able to convert strong practice pace into an impressive qualifying performance, showing his speed in FP3 by finishing second and setting a time of 1min 30.431secs in Q2 to lead the second row for tomorrow’s race. Meeting his targets with the fourth-place finish, he’s feeling well-prepared and feeling comfortable despite what the Thai weather might throw at him tomorrow.
Quartararo and Morbidelli will get tomorrow’s 26-lap Thailand Grand Prix underway at 1400 local time (1500 Malaysian time).