13 Jun Quartararo fastest as Catalan GP gets underway
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team made a fantastic start to the Catalan GP weekend, with Fabio Quartararo setting the best time on the first day of practice in Barcelona – where he took his first Grand Prix win [in Moto2] last season – just one week on from an operation on his right forearm. Franco Morbidelli finished in a solid sixth place on the combined timesheets.
Quartararo was quick from the morning session onwards, clocking the second fastest time in FP1. The Frenchman showed good pace in his first two runs, eventually stopping the clock at 1min 40.803secs on his last lap. Morbidelli set his best time early in the morning session. The Italian took just five laps to put in his 1min 41.160secs time, briefly leading FP1. He spent the rest of the session working on his pace with used tyres and would take a final spot of eighth.
In the afternoon, the two PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders were able to lower their times in FP2. Quartararo produced an amazing lap on his last run with a soft front and rear tyre, claiming the top spot with a 1min 40.079secs. Morbidelli also took a step forward in his last run of the session, finally claiming sixth position overall with his 1min 40.517secs lap.
Tomorrow, Quartararo and Morbidelli will participate in FP3 in the morning. Qualifying will take place at 2:10pm (Q1) and 2:35pm (Q2) local time.