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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Impatient for British GP Filled With Changes

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is highly anticipating Round 9 of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship. The crew and riders are keen to rise to the occasion at the first GP weekend after the summer break, especially since the Monster Energy British Grand Prix shares the team’s title sponsor.
Silverstone (UK), 2nd August 2023
Following a five-week summer break, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is looking forward to being back on track at this weekend’s Monster Energy British Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are just as impatient as the MotoGP fans to start the racing action again at the Monster Energy sponsored event.

Quartararo arrives in the UK holding ninth place in the championship standings. A tough first half of the season ended with the Yamaha man having to undergo foot surgery following the Dutch GP. After a full recovery, he is determined to put on a good show this weekend. The Frenchman really enjoys riding the Silverstone circuit, as testified by his 2021 premier class victory there.

Morbidelli is looking forward to stepping aboard his YZR-M1 again. After five weeks of relaxing and training, he is ready to start the second half of the 2023 season with renewed energy. He is currently 11th and on the hunt for championship points. The Italian knows the Silverstone circuit well, having secured second place in Moto2 in 2016 and third place in the same class in 2017. This experience will come in useful as the riders will face a new challenge at the Silverstone track this weekend.

This year MotoGP moves to the international paddock, which means the start-finish straight is now in a different place, although the race is run in the same clockwise direction but with Abby now being Turn 1 and Club being the last. Counting 18 corners and with a total length of 5.9 km, Silverstone is the longest track on the MotoGP calendar. It was added in 2010 but has a racing history of over sixty years. Thanks to innovations and investments, the circuit became one of the fastest tracks on the calendar and has earned high praise from the riders.

During the summer break, there was a unanimous agreement between the MotoGP class teams to change the sessions that are timed for entry into Qualifying 2, which was accepted by the Grand Prix Commission (GPC). As of the British GP, the first premier class practice session of a Grand Prix weekend will no longer be timed for qualifying/entry into Q2. The first MotoGP session will remain 45 minutes in length and will now be named Free Practice 1 (FP1). The second MotoGP session remains 60 minutes long and will now be named Practice (PR). It will be the sole practice session timed for entry into Q2. The 30-minute session on Saturday morning will now be known as Free Practice 2 (FP2).

Due to Silverstone being situated in a different time zone, the schedule for the British GP slightly differs from the usual Central European Grand Prix timetable. FP1 will take place on Friday from 10:45 – 11:30 and PR from 15:00 – 16:00 local track time (GMT+1). On Saturday FP2 will be held from 10:10 – 10:40, followed by Q1 and Q2 from 10:50 – 11:30. The Sprint in the afternoon starts at 15:00. On Sunday, Warm Up will be staged from 09:45 – 09:55, and the race is scheduled to start at 13:00 local track time.

Those who wish to get familiar with the track’s 2023 layout can do so by watching this week’s MotoGP eSport eLap.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

We are finally back! The summer break came at a good time for us because it allowed Fabio to heal from his injury in time for the British GP. This event is extra special for our team because we share the title sponsor. Franky also used the time away from the MotoGP paddock well, so we all start the second half of the season with the motivation and the energy needed to get results. This second half of the season will be even more demanding than the first. We have 12 race weekends in the upcoming four months, so it will be key to adapt quickly to the new format where only the Friday afternoon session counts towards entering Q2. We need to get into a good workflow this weekend and maintain it until the last weekend of November.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

I’m feeling good. The five weeks off helped me to recover from the toe injury. I had time to pick up training again after a week of rest, and I also had a nice time being around family and friends. I arrive in the UK in a good shape, that’s important. I am looking forward to Silverstone, especially because I get to see the fans again after such a long break. Things will be a bit different this weekend: we’re in the international paddock, so start-finish is in a different place. On top of that, we have a slightly different race weekend format for how we get into Q2. But it’s all okay. I think it will be easy to get used to this.
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

We go back to school after the summer break. It is nice to spend time with the team again after these five weeks. I made good use of the time off. I relaxed a bit, I went to Luca Marini’s wedding, and I also trained. Being away for a bit has helped me recharge so I can tackle the busy time ahead in the right way. We have 12 rounds to go, and now we’re able to use the first session of every race weekend to practise and work on settings without worrying about getting into Q2. This gives us the opportunity to test things we otherwise wouldn’t have time for. We’re in the international paddock at Silverstone this time, which is also a nice change. It’s perfect, as we want to try to make a fresh start to the second half of the season.