Morbidelli was one of the standout riders of the morning, and was up into second place during the early stages of FP1. He would conclude the runout in fourth, with a best time of 1:40.319. Quartararo was also in the Top 10, as the Frenchman placed eighth with a 1:40.676 lap.
In FP2, Quartararo bettered his previous time by more than a second. He tried to move his way further up the order in the final stretch of the session, eventually clocking a 1:39.357 on the 19th of his 21 laps. Morbidelli joined his teammate in managing to get into a provisional Q2 position after a tight FP2 session. The Italian finished the day with the ninth fastest time on the combined timesheets, with a 1:39.503. A total of twenty one riders set times within a second of each other.
The action at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit continues on Saturday with FP3 and Qualifying: Q1 will get underway at 3:05pm local time, followed by Q2 at 3:30pm.
At 8.30pm tomorrow, Earth Hour, a global awareness campaign about climate change that all the PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team are supporting this weekend, takes place.