Quartararo ends opening day of 2020 pre-season on top Photo: PETRONAS Yamaha SRT

Quartararo ends opening day of 2020 pre-season on top

Written by  PETRONAS Yamaha SRT on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:43

Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli have made a flying start to the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, finishing day one of pre-season action for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team in first and third at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Making a late start due to cool track temperature at the Spanish venue this morning, Quartararo soon took control of the timesheets, going P1 before lunch and spending most of the rest of the day fastest. The victim of a fall at turn ten in the final hour of action, he was able to return to the track afterwards and his time of 1min 30.163secs (less than 0.2 secs from his pole position qualifying time on Saturday) means he ends the day fastest.

Team-mate Morbidelli was also in no rush to head out on track this morning, but was quickly able to get into the swing of things as temperatures increased. Testing a selection of chassis components for the 2020 season, his time of 1min 30.665secs left him sitting third in the timing order, 0.487secs behind his teammate.

The two-day Valencia test concludes tomorrow, with track action at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo underway from 1000-1700 local time (1700-0000 Malaysian time).

Franco Morbidelli
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“It was a positive day for us because we were able to try a couple of things like new aerodynamics, some chassis components and the carbon fibre swing-arm and try and increase the performance of the bike. Some things were good and some weren’t quite as good, of course, but in the end it was a productive day for us. We were fast as well, which is nice, and it’ll be a case of trying to improve a little bit more and understand the new parts a little better tomorrow. The most important job for tomorrow will be to reconfirm what we tried today and maybe to try some more new parts as well.”

Fabio Quartararo
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“We tested many things including new wings and a carbon fibre swing-arm, and spent a lot of time doing back-to-back comparisons between the old and new parts. It means that we’ve already got an idea of all the positives and negatives of what we tried, and a plan for tomorrow on where we need to concentrate. I’ve had good confidence and feedback from the bike all day, and it’ll be useful to work on some areas tomorrow to improve the all-round package. When I crashed I was on a time attack lap but with a front tyre that was a bit used and I just braked a little too much - but we were able to make four more laps after the crash to check everything was fine.”

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