Quartararo admitted that it had taken hard work from him and his crew to ensure fifth place and a provisional route to Q2 tomorrow, but was able to better his expectations of a top ten place on the first day. Still with work to do to improve his Yamaha YZR-M1, Quartararo is confident that they can close the gap to their rivals when action resumes tomorrow.
Morbidelli was similarly pleased with his work despite not being higher up the time sheets, concentrating instead on race pace and coming away happy with the team’s progress. Able to sue some of the new settings he trialled at Monday’s test in Brno to improve his consistency, he will now focus on one-lap pace in the morning ahead of qualifying.
Action continues tomorrow at 0955 local time (1755 Malaysian time), with qualifying at 1410 local time (2010 Malaysian time) and Sunday’s 28-lap race at 1400 local time (2000 Malaysian time).