SEPANG, Another strong move from Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT), as Fabio Quartararo once again topped the timesheet on the second day of the 2020 MotoGP pre-season winter test at the Sepang Circuit today.
The Frenchman made his mark on his brand new 2020 factory-spec Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time to set the fastest lap one minute 58.572 seconds after completing 72 laps.
He was 0.069s faster than Jack Miller of Pramac Racing (1:58.641s), followed by another stellar performance by Dani Pedrosa of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1:58.662s).
I am really positive because this is only our first day with the bike. We did 72 laps, which is quite a lot, but I’m so happy to already feel good on the bike. It is difficult to make a new bike really good in one day. We hope to make another step tomorrow.
We had quite a lot of laps in the 1:59.00s on old tyres so that’s really positive. We need to improve the pace a little bit because I am not feeling 100 percent comfortable.
We know that with a new bike you have some positive points and some parts that you are struggling a bit, but at the moment I have already found the positives in one day, said Quartararo in a statement issued by the team.
His team mate, Franco Morbidelli of Italy finished fifth with a time of 1:58.831s, better than yesterday’s test where he clocked 1:58.996s.
Testing will resume for the final day at the Sepang Circuit tomorrow morning at 10 am with the chequered flag closing the action on the first official test of 2020 at 6pm.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)