PETRONAS Yamaha SRT sign off 2019 with successful Jerez test

Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli signed off their 2019 MotoGP campaign with a successful two-day test at Spain’s Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto, ending up fourth and seventh overall. Ending the second day early due to weather conditions, they still managed to gain valuable experience of new prototype parts as they both completed nearly 100 laps each over the test’s two days.

An early starter this morning after cold track temperature caused a delayed pit exit yesterday, conditions soon put paid to Quartararo being able to improve on his lap time. Completing only 26 laps compared to yesterday’s 68, his fastest time of 1min 37.964secs left him 0.153secs off P1 and fourth in the overall standings. Both Fabio and Franco were also able to return to the track in the afternoon to collect information on how their prototype Yamaha YZR-M1 engine reacted to wet track conditions.

Morbidelli’s day was equally disrupted by the rain, completing only 19 laps before calling it a day at Jerez. His best time of 1min 38.100secs left him 0.280secs from the top spot and seventh on overall times. Completing 75 laps yesterday as he tested a host of parts for next season, Franco and his team were able to gather plenty of data to be as best-prepared as possible when testing resumes in 2020.

Quartararo and Morbidelli will next return to track after the winter break at their home circuit, with the first pre-season test of 2020 set to get underway on 7th February at the Sepang International Circuit.

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