Damp but Positive Day 2 for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP at Sepang Test

2023-02-13 09:09
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli were back on track today for a second day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit, but rain showers in the morning and afternoon impeded their schedule. Still, the duo managed to get some laps in and work through a number of different items, taking 4th and 11th place respectively in today‘s rankings.

Quartararo had hoped to get more laps in at the Sepang circuit today, but wet track conditions meant he had to be patient. Once a dry line had formed, the Frenchman was able to go out and test various items, and he ended the day with a good feeling. His best time of 1'58.897s, set on lap 8/34, put him in fourth place in today‘s results, 0.161s from first, and in eighth in the Day 1 + Day 2 timesheets, 0.427s from the top.

After a solid first day of testing, Morbidelli was extra motivated to resume his work. As with his teammate, rain disrupted the testing plans he had scheduled for Day 2, but the Italian still got plenty of laps in. A 1‘59.289s set on lap 8/44 saw him end FP2 in 11th place, 0.553s off today‘s fastest time. His Day-1 time, a 1‘59.118s, was faster though and put him in joint 14th position in the combined results, with a 0.648s margin to first.

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I‘m pretty happy. Analysing the data yesterday, I was not riding really well from my side. I tested a lot of things then. Today I was riding in a much better way, and it was a positive test. I‘m happy about what we have tested today. I‘m looking forward to tomorrow; hopefully the weather will be better than today. We haven‘t fully decided about the aero package yet. But we tried something yesterday that we didn‘t really like, and we tried it again today, and it was much better. I'm feeling happy today.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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