The weekend started in positive style for Quartararo, whose 1min 47.811secs time - running an intermediate tyre in his final stint - took him to fourth in FP1. Morbidelli was 15th with a time of 1min 48.421secs, less than one second slower than the early pacesetter.
In FP2, lap times were lowered considerably compared to those set in the morning. Both PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders dedicated the first half of the session to working on their race pace, before mounting new tyres for an attempt a flying lap in the final stretch. Quartararo was once again one of the strongest riders, taking over a second off his previous best time for a 1min 46.778secs and finishing second. Morbidelli also managed to make provisional cut for Q2, thanks to his 1min 47.268secs lap on his penultimate attempt.
Quartararo and Morbidelli have two further Free Practice sessions tomorrow before Qualifying, which will be held at 2:10pm (Q1) and 2:35pm (Q2) local time.