With six races in seven weeks and mixed conditions at Le Mans, PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s two MotoGP riders Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo chose to take no risks during Friday practice. The pair ended the opening day of the Grand Prix de France seventh and 11th respectively.
Morbidelli immediately placed himself in the top-ten at the start of FP1, before taking some time to assess the conditions. The Italian was momentarily at the top of the timings, when he started his time-attack runs, but ended the session seventh with a 1min 44.441secs lap. The afternoon session saw Franco improve in the drying conditions, to finish the session, and combined timings, seventh with a 1min 35.369secs lap.
With the weather forecast due to improve, Quartararo chose to take no risks in the wet FP1 conditions. At the end of the session, his best lap of 1min 46.494secs placed him 18th. The Frenchman continued to play it safe in FP2, knowing that the risks potentially outweighed the rewards, and set a best time of 1min 35.489secs. This placed him 11th in the session and overall.
FP3 gets underway tomorrow at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT) for the MotoGP duo, with qualifying due to start at 2.10pm local time (8.10pm MYT).