SEPANG: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) riders, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli recorded a one-two position on the first day of the 2020 MotoGP pre-season winter test at the Sepang Circuit today.
According to a statement by the team, the Frenchman completed 52 laps on the Malaysian track, with a best time of one minute 58.945 seconds.
“It feels good after almost three months to be back on track. Today was just about getting used to being back on the MotoGP bike. We used last year’s version just to get a few laps in and we set a really good lap time with the medium tyre at the beginning of the day.
“We’re hoping for better weather tomorrow so that we can work even more and I’m looking forward to see what my first impressions of the new bike are. It’s always good to start quickest but it’s only the first day of the test . Everybody starts with new bikes, it’s not easy for them,” said Quartararo.
Morbidelli was second overall and top of the timing screens, just 0.051s (1:58.996s) behind his team mate.
Despite the rain restricting track time, Morbidelli completed more laps during the afternoon and finished the day in second, 0.199s faster than Alex Rins of Team Suzuki Ecstar (1:59.195s)
“We were immediately fast and made the right changes to the bike to get the right feeling. Tomorrow we will try some other small things that we have on the programme to try but overall I am very happy.
“We are a little bit faster on the straight, so that is a positive and what we wanted. The behaviour of the bike remains the same though so it is still nice to ride and flowing, but we have a little bit more top speed,” said Morbidelli.
The Sepang test will resume tomorrow at 10am and will draw to a close at 6pm, ahead of the final day on Sunday. – BERNAMA