Quartararo goes into the weekend fresh from seventh place in the race and top spot in Monday’s one-day test at Brno, and is keen to continue improving in Austria. Aware that the Spielberg track isn’t one that necessarily plays to the strengths of his Yamaha YZR-M1, he’s nonetheless aiming to consolidate his spot as leader of the rookie of the year battle.
Similarly, Morbidelli is heading to a circuit where he’s a former winner on a high. Unable to show his potential in Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix after being taken out by another rider he bounced back with third at Monday’s test. Able to complete an extensive development program, he’s hoping that the lessons learned aid him come Sunday’s race.
Action for the 11th round of the championship gets underway at 0955 local time (1755 Malaysian time) on Friday 9th August, with Sunday’s 28-lap race kicking off at 1400 local time (2000 Malaysian time).