The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are leaving no stone unturned at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello this weekend. They used the first two practice sessions to improve turning and try a new aerobody, securing 9th and 21st place respectively in the combined Friday timesheets.
Quartararo is known to like the fast and challenging Mugello circuit, and it showed. The 2021 Italian GP winner moved up to fifth in the first half of the morning session. He focused on improving his bike’s set-up in the second half and finished in 11th place. His fastest time, a 1’47.393s on lap 9/21, was 0.731s from the top.El Diablo booked progress is the afternoon. The temperatures were rising while the times were dropping. However, the Frenchman remained cool as a cucumber. Though he struggled with turning, he spent the majority of the session firmly inside the top 10 and wrapped it up with a 1’46.519s on lap 18/19 for ninth place in the FP2 and combined FP timesheets, 0.628s from first.
Morbidelli was feeling good on home soil in FP1. His strategy was similar to his teammate’s, and he soon featured in the top 10 in the first 20 minutes of riding under the Italian sunshine, setting a 1’47.727 on lap 5/20. The pace quickened in the second half while he focused on race pace, leaving him 1.065s from first.The home hero had hoped to make further strides in FP2. While he did manage to improve his time to a 1’47.468s on lap 19/20 in the sweltering heat, he didn’t improve in terms of placement. He ended the day in 20th place in the FP2 rankings and in 21st place in the combined FP timesheets, 1.577s from first.