It was a day to remember today for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, where the Malaysian outfit took its first steps in the MotoGP World Championship with Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. Both riders were able to test the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time on a day when the focus was on finding a feeling and adapting to their new machines.
Morbidelli adapted quickly to the bike from the opening laps, clocking the sixth fastest time of the opening day (1’32.085) after a total of 40 laps. Meanwhile, Quartararo enjoyed his first 38 laps in MotoGP, a special experience for the French rookie. With a best effort of 1’33.850 the 19-year-old improved each time he went out onto the track, finishing the day in 23rd position.
Morbidelli and Quartararo, who took to the track at 1pm local time after waiting for the track to dry, were limited to just two and half hours of action as the rain returned to send the riders back to the garage. However, both will have the chance to ride again tomorrow from 10am until 5pm, as they continue their adaptation to the Yamaha.