Today the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team kicked off proceedings at the Grand Prix of The Americas event, diving straight into the action. Fabio Quartararo secured second position in P1 and followed it up with 7th place in P2 and in the combined P1+P2 standings. Franco Morbidelli was determined to fight for a top-10 spot as well but ended the day in 16th place.

With rain predicted for the afternoon, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team got a wriggle on in the 45-minute morning practice session.

Quartararo had a strong start to the Texas round and soon featured inside the top 3. In perfect riding conditions, the Yamaha man focused on tweaking his bike’s set-up before putting it to the test. He provisionally topped P1 twice but ultimately finished in second place, 0.150s from first, thanks to his 2’03.400s best time.

The Frenchman was happy to find the afternoon session dry so he could continue his work from the morning. He dedicated a large chunk of time to preparing for tomorrow’s Sprint and Sunday’s Race before the usual time-attack end of the session. He clocked a 2’02.721s on lap 19/20, earning himself seventh place in the P2 and combined results, 0.543s off today’s top position, to go directly into Q2.

Morbidelli was greatly looking forward to riding in Austin, and was making progress in the morning session, working on his bike’s set-up. He had to get to work, because soon it was time to push. A 2’04.342s best lap put the Italian in 12th place, 0.138s from the top 10 he was aiming for.

Morbido had another go at setting a hot lap in the afternoon as the 60-minute session remained fully dry. He wrapped up the first day of the Americas GP weekend with a best time of 2’03.443s that put him in 16th place in the P2 and the combined practice results, 1.265s from first, so he will have to take part in tomorrow’s Q1.