The opening day of the GermanGP, which saw PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s MotoGP riders on track at Sachsenring for the first time since 2019, ended with Franco Morbidelli tenth and Valentino Rossi 21st.
Taking time to get back up to speed around the Sachsenring track, Morbidelli had a steady start to FP1. He ended the session 14th with a time of 1min 22.381secs, after having his final flying lap deleted for exceeding track limits. Further improvements for Franco came in the hot conditions of FP2, where track temperatures almost reached 53C. The Italian was able to round out the session, and the day, just inside the top-ten with a 1min 21.228secs lap.
Team-mate Rossi also used FP1 to reacquaint himself with the German circuit, but steadily improved throughout the session. Posting a 1min 22.691secs lap, he ended the session 20th on the timing screens. The second half of the Italian’s FP2 session was briefly interrupted by a Turn 1 crash, but he was able to get back out on track moments later. Using his second bike to record a 1min 21.968secs lap, Valentino ended both the session and the day 21st.
Tomorrow’s FP3 session for Morbidelli and Rossi will get underway at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT), with the first of the two MotoGP Qualifying sessions due to begin at 2.10pm local time (8.10pm MYT).