Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo finished the first day at the Mandalika International Circuit strong. He showed good pace throughout the Practice session and ultimately ended the day in 10th place, earning him a direct spot in Q2. Franco Morbidelli had a positive morning session but was unable to challenge for a top-10 result in the afternoon. He ended the Practice in 15th place, which puts him on the entry list for Q1.
Quartararo had work to do after finishing 12th in P1, but he was featured inside the top 5 in the afternoon session in no time. The Frenchman worked on his bike‘s set-up and was putting in his bid for a top-3 result in the time attack towards the end of the session, but frequent yellow flags on his final run made that virtually impossible. He clocked a 1‘31.229s on lap 21/26 that put him in tenth place in the timesheets, earning him a place in Q2.
Morbidelli had finished the morning session in fourth place and was keen to keep up the good work in the Practice session. However, it did require some effort from the Italian. He found top-10 pace after the first 45 minutes, but then the time attack started. Morbido needed 0.289s to secure a place in Q2 as he started his final run. Amid the yellow flags, he posted a 1‘31.561s best time on lap 21/23, which saw him finish in 15th place, 1.087s from today‘s fastest time.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action tomorrow for the Saturday MotoGP sessions: FP2 will be held from 10:10 – 10:40 GMT + 8, followed by the qualifying sessions from 10:50 – 11:30, and the Sprint that starts at 15:00.