Strong British GP qualifying for Quartararo and Morbidelli

Strong British GP qualifying for Quartararo and Morbidelli

24.08.2019: The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team pair of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from fourth and eighth respectively, after a solid qualifying performance at Silverstone. Fast throughout practice, they’re goin

The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team pair of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from fourth and eighth respectively, after a solid qualifying performance at Silverstone. Fast throughout practice, they’re going into tomorrow’s race with strong grid positions and confidence in their potential in the 20-lap race.



Quartararo was set back a little in qualifying by a small technical issue with his number one bike and forced to switch to his number two machine on short notice. Spending much of the qualifying session holding onto the top spot, he was unfortunately bumped from the front row in the final seconds of the session, but nevertheless secured a second-row qualifying position. Ultra-fast and consistent in the day’s practice sessions, he’s raring to get going tomorrow and certain that he can be a key player in the battle for the victory.



Team-mate Morbidelli ended the day delighted with his speed in both time attack and race pace, closing the distance to the front-runners and ending up eighth for tomorrow’s race. Feeling stronger over race distance than on one flying lap and enjoying an impressive practice session this morning, he too goes into the race content that he can be involved in the fight at the front of the race.



Tomorrow’s 20-lap British Grand Prix will get underway at Silverstone at 1300 local time (2000 Malaysian time).





Franco Morbidelli
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team



“Today we improved, but unfortunately so did everyone else so we’re more or less in the same place as before! But the gap is a lot smaller than it was, and in FP4 I had a good feeling and strong pace. We’ve still got some work to do, but from what we’ve seen in practice I’m not too far away. It’s going to be a big group race tomorrow because a lot of riders are all at a similar level, and I think it could be a good fun fight.”





Fabio Quartararo
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team




“From the beginning of the first lap I had an error showing on my dash, so when I came into the garage, I unfortunately needed to swap to my second bike. We didn’t have time to change the front tyre, so I had to use a soft tyre that wasn’t my first choice. We still managed to get a good lap time.



Although we’re not on the front row, we’ve been fast all weekend and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. There are many riders who will be fast in the race, but I’ll try to stay with the group, manage the tyre degradation and see what happens.”





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