In FP1, Fabio Quartararo quickly adapted to the demanding Circuit of The Americas - the scene of his first GP podium, in Moto3. The Frenchman finished seventh in FP1, stopping the clock with a 2:06.332. Teammate Franco Morbidelli was eleventh in the first session of the weekend, with a best time of 2:06.729.
Hours later, the track conditions improved considerably and both riders were able to lower their times. With the threat of rain a strong possibility for Saturday, the MotoGP field treated FP2 as their last chance to get into Q2. Both PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders succesfully achieved that goal: Morbidelli finished in eighth position with his 2:04.548 time, set on the last of 15 laps. Just behind the Italian was his teammate, who was ninth with a 2:04.589 and completed 16 laps during FP2.
The action at the Circuit of The Americas will continue tomorrow with FP3 and FP4, just before Q1 at 2:10pm and Q2 at 2:35pm.