Starting the day off well by topping FP3 this morning, Quartararo’s speed throughout the weekend meant he was certain to be in the mix come qualifying. The first to lay down a benchmark time in Q2, he was then able to better his lap not once but twice in the final minutes of the session. The only rider so far this weekend to lap the 4.0km circuit in under 1 minute 30 seconds, Quartararo’s time of 1min 29.978secs means he ended the day 0.032secs clear of World Champion Marc Marquez.
Morbidelli was also able to show his race pace this morning, coming home fifth in FP3 and then backing it up with eighth in FP4 later in the afternoon. Converting his speed into a great qualifying performance, he finished the day fifth overall with a time of 1min 30.449secs, less than half a second from his team-mate and set to start from the front two rows of the grid for the tenth time in 19 races.
Action at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana concludes tomorrow, with the 27-lap final race of 2019 getting underway at 1400 local time (2100 Malaysian time).