Excellent qualifying performances for Morbidelli and Quartararo in Argentina GP2019-03-31 02:47
Franco Morbidelli achieved his best grid position in MotoGP to date this Saturday, obtaining the sixth fastest time in Q2 for the Argentina GP. Teammate Fabio Quartararo will be close behind when the race gets underway, after qualifying in seventh place.
The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT pair earned direct access to Q2 thanks to their good work during Free Practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit. FP3 saw Morbidelli go sixth on the combined timesheets with a 1:38.982 lap, more than half a second faster than his best time from Friday. Quartararo found it more difficult to set a new personal best, but his 1:39.202 lap was enough for tenth place.
In the afternoon, following FP4, both riders broke into the 1:38s and took spots in Q2. Morbidelli was sixth, with a 1:38.886 final lap, and will start tomorrow from the second row of the grid. He is a previous Moto2 race winner in Argentina, in 2017. Quartararo finished in seventh place, maintaining the great speed he showed at the opening round of Qatar. The Frenchman was the top rookie in qualifying and was only 11 thousandths of a second off his teammate's time.
Today the PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team are participating in Earth Hour, a global awareness campaign about climate change.
The 25-lap Argentina GP takes place tomorrow at 3pm local time.
#21 Franco Morbidelli
"I am very happy with today. It was a great qualifying session for us. Today we focused especially on the rear of the bike, and in general we have worked very well all weekend. I rode my hot lap in Q2 alone and I made some mistakes, but it was still a quick lap. Tomorrow we have to choose the right tyre; I think it will be a race in which there will be groups and we can be up there with the frontrunners. The key is going to be sticking in the front group until the end. It will be a fun race, like in Qatar, but the important thing is that we are able to enjoy ourselves right up until we see the chequered flag."
#20 Fabio Quartararo
"It was a very positive day at a circuit where I had never ridden a MotoGP bike before. In Qatar we had three days of testing beforehand, and we started with a base setup. Here everything is new and we started from scratch in FP1. It's good to know that our performance in Qatar was not a coincidence and that by working hard we can achieve good results. It seems that everything is pointing to the weather changing tomorrow, but we hope the race will be dry. We have done a great job so far, achieving all the goals that we had set out, and now we will try to have a good race. We had a good FP4, we have a good pace and the setup of the bike is working well, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow and to fighting for a good result."
1. MARC MARQUEZ / Honda
2. MAVERICK VIÑALES / Yamaha
3. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO / Ducati
4. VALENTINO ROSSI / Yamaha
5. JACK MILLER / Ducati
6. FRANCO MORBIDELLI / PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team
7. FABIO QUARTARARO / PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team
Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit
Right Corners: 9
Left corners: 5
Longest straight: 1.076m
Fastest Lap: 1:37.683
(Marc Marquez 2014)
Circuit Record: 1:39.019
(Valentino Rossi 2015)
Source: SIC Racing Team
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