Super sixth for Morbidelli on first day of Jerez test

Italian rider continues his impressive adaptation to the Yamaha, as rookie team-mate Fabio Quartararo also progresses and finishes 16th.

The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team kicked off a two-day test at Jerez today, their final track outing of 2018 before the winter break. After their promising debut with the Yamaha YRZ-M1 at Valencia, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo continue their adaptation at the Spanish track and continue to improve their feeling.

Morbidelli was again one of the surprise packages on the timesheets at Jerez as he continued with his good form on the Yamaha. The Italian rider completed 70 laps and was third fastest with an hour and a half of the session remaining, before eventually dropping to sixth with his best lap of 1’38.659. Quartararo completed 59 productive laps, the young Frenchman continuing his early work on setting up a MotoGP bike. More comfortable with every outing, Fabio finished sixteenth fastest with a 1’39.414 and is convinced he can make further improvements tomorrow.

The second and final day will see action from 10am to 6pm local time, before the MotoGP grid sign off until 2019.

 

RESULTS
1. DANILO PETRUCCI / Ducati 1:37.968
2. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO / Ducati +0.217
3. TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI / Honda +0.380
4. MAVERICK VIÑALES / Yamaha +0.408
5. MARC MARQUEZ / Honda +0.549
6. FRANCO MORBIDELLI / PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team +0.691
16. FABIO QUARTARARO / PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team +1.446

 

#21 Franco Morbidelli
“I am very happy with today. We have backed up the good feeling from Valencia at a different circuit, which is not as suited to the characteristics of our bike as other tracks. It has been a good day in terms of our speed, we have to improve our consistency but the feeling on new tyres was good. We have to work out what else we can improve and I also have to keep learning but it’s a case of ‘so fast, so good’. Today we basically focused on working with the electronics at this circuit, especially on our first runs. We also tried some set-up changes but nothing really new compared to last week.”

#20 Fabio Quartararo
“Today we took another step forward in terms of corner speed, in comparison with Valencia, which is important. Now we need to analyse corner by corner where we are losing the most time – some in the exit, some in the entry – and see from the data what we can work on. The important thing is that we are improving and especially here at one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar, where I have not ridden a MotoGP bike before. I am really happy with today and I hope we can continue improving tomorrow. We have saved some new tyres with the second day’s work in mind.”