Frenchman Quartararo was immediately fast at the historic circuit, topping the order in FP1 thanks to a time of 1min 33.909secs on his third and final run. Morbidelli undertook several 6-lap stints with a focus on Sunday’s race, with the Italian clocking the 17th best time of the session with a 1min35.505secs.
In the afternoon, Quartararo continued his excellent dynamic, and at the end of FP2 he claimed second place, courtesy of a great lap on his last stint. He stopped the clock at 1min 32.818secs, being one of only three riders able to break into the 1:32s. Morbidelli, finished Friday in 14th place (1min 33.963secs), and tomorrow will have to look for a direct spot in Q2 in FP3.
The two PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders will have tomorrow another 45 minute session – FP3 – in which to confirm their presence in the fight for pole position. Qualifying will take place at 2:10pm local time (Q1) and 2:35pm (Q2).