Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales are looking forward to riding in front of fans again at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend. They are determined to impress them during Sunday’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya and made positive steps in today’s free practice sessions. The pair secured 3rd and 6th position respectively in the combined Friday FP timesheets.
The Barcelona circuit is known for having lower grip levels, but Quartararo didn’t have much trouble to quickly adapt his YZR-M1 to these track conditions, less than a week after his brilliant win at Mugello. As he hit the newly remodelled Montmeló track, he immediately turned his attention to setting up his bike for the race. He clocked a 1’43.853s on lap 5/20 and wrapped up the session in sixth position, 0.475s from the top.
The Frenchman made some further setting tweaks in the afternoon. He spent most of the session in second place, before putting in a mini time attack. Posting a 1’39.401s on lap 19/19 put him in third place in the FP2 and overall Friday timesheets, just 0.166s from first.
Viñales came to Montmeló with the intention to put in some hard work to improve his bike’s base setting. He hopped aboard his YZR-M1 and gained positive momentum early on in the 45-minute FP1 session. He completed a total of 24 laps whilst working on the race set-up for Sunday. He set a best lap of 1’40.753s, on lap 8, earning him fourth place, 0.375s off the fastest time.
The home hero continued to fine-tune his bike’s set-up in the afternoon. He used most of the available track time to work on the bike’s balance and match it to his riding style, all the while staying inside the top 4. In the final stages of FP2, he returned to the box for some fresh tyres to book himself a provisional place in Q2. Clocking a 1’39.821s on lap 18/19, he secured sixth in the FP2 and combined FP rankings, with a 0.586s margin to first.