11 Jun Morbidelli and Quartararo set sights high for Barcelona
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team duo Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo are both eager to ensure that practice pace translates to race results at this weekend’s seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship at the technically demanding Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.
Whilst both riders can reflect on a highly positive season so far, both want to finish further up the order in the race, following an Italian GP in Mugello which fell short of their high expectations.
Quartararo will be facing his first race since undergoing surgery to treat compartmental syndrome in his right forearm last week. After several days of rehabilitation work, the Frenchman is expecting to be declared fit to contest the Catalan GP, where last season he claimed his first ever Grand Prix victory when competing in Moto2. The top rookie this year has a total of 31 points and occupies 12th position in the overall standings.
Morbidelli’s best result at the Spanish track to date was in 2017, when he placed fifth in the Moto2 race. The Italian comes into the Catalan GP in 11th position in the MotoGP World Championship, with 34 points, after placing in the points in four of the six races held this season.
The 24-lap MotoGP race will be held on Sunday, June 16th at 2pm local time.