Quartararo opened the scorecard well in this morning’s FP1 session to lead a PETRONAS Yamaha SRT one-two, taking the top spot from his team-mate by a mere 0.083 secs with a new lap record time of 1min 59.027secs. However, that time wasn’t to stand for long, with Quartararo blitzing his opposition in the final minutes of FP2 to end the day with a new record of 1min 58.576secs and a gap of over half a second back to overall second place and 0.630 ahead of second in the session.
Morbidelli was able to get his weekend off in perfect form in FP1 by showing his speed around the 5.5km circuit on time attack, setting a lap time of 1min 59.110secs. Concentrating on race pace and setting development in the afternoon’s FP2 session after showing his time attack potential, his time from FP1 was good enough to ensure that he ended the day in second, 0.534secs behind his team-mate and 0.096secs clear of third.
Track action at the 2019 Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix continues tomorrow with practice at 1050 local time, ahead of qualifying at 1505 and Sunday’s 20-lap race at the Sepang International Circuit.