Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli were happy to be back aboard their YZR-M1s on the first official IRTA MotoGP testing day of 2022. They worked tirelessly in the typical Sepang International Circuit heat and ended in 6th and 21st place respectively in the Day-1 timesheets.
The duo wasted no time starting their 2022 testing programme. They both headed out just after 10am local track time and didn’t finish until the clock hit 6pm. They followed this up by ten minutes of practising starts.
Quartararo was greatly motivated to ride at the Sepang circuit again for the first time since 2020. He used this opportunity to collect valuable data. He completed 57 laps in total, securing 6th place with a 1’59.002s lap, 0.631s from first, and ended the day with positive feelings.
After spending the winter break working on leg rehabilitation, Morbidelli was reaping the rewards. Overall, he had a positive first day back at the office. He rode 61 laps over the course of eight hours of high-temperature testing and set a best time of 2’00.107s. He took 21st place, 1.736s from the top.