Dream start to 2020 season for Quartararo and Morbidelli Photo: PETRONAS Yamaha SRT

Dream start to 2020 season for Quartararo and Morbidelli

Written by  PETRONAS Yamaha SRT on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:46

The 2020 MotoGP World Championship has got off to a dream start for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, with the pair ending the first pre-season test of the new season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in second and third place.

Concentrating on settings and riding style today after a busy day of trying new parts yesterday, Quartararo has made further progress in his understanding of the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he prepares to start his second season in the premier class. Spending much of the day fastest, he ended the two-day outing 0.164secs behind fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales in second place.

Morbidelli continued the development work he started on the first day of the test today, working with a number of new chassis parts and aerodynamic modifications to try. Closing down P1 not only on time attack but also in race pace, he finished only 0.101secs behind his teammate and 0.265secs down on Viñales in third place, with a fastest lap of 1’30.114.

The pair return to action next week at the Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto, with a further two-day outing on 25th and 26th November before MotoGP’s winter testing ban starts in December.

Franco Morbidelli
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“I’m happy with the test, because we’ve been able to be fast throughout both days; faster than we were at the race weekend and closer to the top guys. We’ve been trying some new items that have been good for us, just small things. Some of them I’ve really liked and some of them didn’t make a big difference, so it’ll be important now to try to understand the changes. Hopefully, we’ll be able to try the new engine in Jerez, because it’ll be very important to get feedback from it and to understand the strengths of it.”

Fabio Quartararo
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

“We tested a few things today, but we’ll need to try them again to confirm the feedback. The most important thing I was able to do today was just to ride and work on some settings with the bike. We’ve got things to improve with the bike but already it looks like Maverick’s new bike is faster than the current one so Yamaha is working in a good way and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to ride it in Jerez.”

Wilco Zeelenberg
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team Manager

“It was a little cold but a very positive first test of 2020, with both riders trying out quite a lot of components, chassis parts and aerodynamics. The bottom line is that there were some positives and some negatives, as is the case with every test, but it’s good to see that the Yamahas are at the front. It’s a positive way to start a new season.”

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