With rain in the morning and a drying Circuit Ricardo Tormo in the afternoon, the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team MotoGP riders experienced a tricky opening day to the European GP. Franco Morbidelli claimed third in the combined standings, while Fabio Quartararo was 9th.
Morbidelli mastered the tricky wet track conditions in FP1, immediately setting lap times that placed him second. The Italian remained second throughout the session and ended FP1 with a best lap of 1min 42.530secs. Although Franco was outside the top-ten at the beginning of a dry Free Practice 2, he ended the day in third with a 1min 32.804secs lap.
Quartararo wasn’t able to find a good feeling on his bike during FP1, with the wet tyres, and was unable to set a lap time faster than 1min 44.791secs. This time saw him end the session 21st. The Frenchman fought back in the drying conditions of FP2, to keep himself in the mix for the majority of the session. Fabio ended the day 9th with a 1min 33.337secs lap.
Franco and Fabio will be back out on track tomorrow at 10.55am local time (5.55pm MYT) for Free Practice 3, before qualifying gets underway at 2.50pm local time (9.50pm MYT).