FABIO QUARTARARO IS TOP MAN ON ALGARVE GP FRIDAY
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo quickly got up to speed at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve today, topping both sessions.
GRAND PRIX OF ALGARVE
Franco Morbidelli’s physical condition was improved, but he is still looking to better his feeling with the bike on the soft tyres. He ended the first day in Portimão in 12th place in the combined FP standings.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli enjoyed their first day back at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. The teammates used today’s FP sessions to adjust their Portuguese GP bike settings from April to the current conditions of the track for this Grande Prémio do Algarve weekend, securing 1st and 12th place in the combined timesheets.
Quartararo was back to his old self after achieving the 2021 MotoGP Title at the previous round in Misano. He thoroughly enjoyed his first outing as the new World Champion and had the fans cheering him on during the 45-minute morning session as he challenged for the top spot. He saved the best for last. On lap 21, he took first place, setting a 1’40.192s with a 0.045s margin over his closest rival.
El Diablo planned to push again in FP2. He had four laps cancelled in his first two runs due to exceeding track limits, but his 13th lap still saw him briefly in the top spot. Like in the morning, the final minutes of the afternoon session became a duel between the Factory Yamaha man and Francesco Bagnaia. Before his last stint, Quartararo had to find 0.155s, but that was no problem for the Frenchman. He rode his mini time-attack with a medium-soft tyre combination and set a 1’39.390s on his twentieth and penultimate lap. The time put him in P1 in the FP2 and combined results, with a 0.132s advantage over second.