Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo went all out in the Thailand Grand Prix Q2 session to reach his goal. He wanted to secure a place on the first two rows and did so, taking fourth place. Franco Morbidelli showed good race pace and some hot laps on Day 2 at the Chang International Circuit. However, he found himself in Q1 and was unable to promote to Q2. He will start tomorrow’s race from 14th on the grid.
Quartararo immediately made his intentions clear in the sunny conditions of Q2, setting a 1’30.166s benchmark lap. It briefly put him in pole position before he settled into fourth place. The Thai fan favourite managed to shave off a bit of extra time on his fourth try. This 1’30.009s put him in provisional third place, 0.116s of the fastest time, as he returned to the garage for a fresh set of tyres.
The Frenchman was looking for a nice slot on track on his second run, without any rivals holding him up or following him around. Once he found some clear space, it was crunch time. His final bid for pole, a 1’29.909s, set on lap 8, earned him fourth place in the qualifying results, 0.238s from the top.
Morbidelli narrowly missed out on a place in Q2 and had to take part in the Q1 shoot-out. The Italian soon found himself on a busy part of the track. His 1’30.770s best time, set on lap 4/5 of his first run, put him in fifth place as he returned to the box.
The number-21 rider started his second outing with five minutes left on the clock. He needed to find 0.228s at the time to secure a place in the top 2, but the pace was quickening. The Yamaha man was pushed down to eighth but dug deep in the final minutes. He responded with a 1’30.528s on lap 8 of nine in total. It put him in fourth. He had one more go and started the lap with a red and orange sector. However, he lost his advantage in Sector 3. Morbido stayed in fourth place, putting him in 14th place on the grid.