Fabio Quartararo dominates Malaysian practice with lap record
SEPANG, MALAYSIA: Fabio Quartararo He set the fastest practice time and set a new lap record in Sepang on Friday before the Malaysian MotoGP , a boost for the French rookie after it crashed in Australia.
The 20 year old Yamaha Petronas pilot, whose career at Phillip Island last week ended in turn two when he collided with Danilo Petrucci , driven to a faster lap of 1 minute 58,576 seconds in the afternoon session.
It was the second time he had broken the lap record, previously occupied by Dani Pedrosa - In the space of one day, after breaking it in the morning session.
Yamaha Petronas teammate Franco Morbidelli of Italy was second fastest, 0.534 behind the Frenchman.
Andrea Dovizioso de Ducati, this year's runner-up in the world rankings and winner in Sepang in 2016 and 17, was the third fastest, 0.630 less.
Quartararo said he was really happy to set a new lap record in Sepang's challenging circuit, but warned that there was still a long weekend of races ahead.
It's only Friday, he told reporters. Sure in the classification, if the weather is good, we will have to beat him again to get to the front row.
However, the result will raise the confidence of the promising pilot, who finished second behind the already world champion Marc Márquez in Japan last month, after a double disaster in Australia.
In addition to the collision in the main race, he had a dramatic success in the first practice session that saw him lying on his handlebars, although he escaped a serious injury.
Phillip Island was really hard, honestly, the weekend was not as we expected, two shocks. Of course, we arrived here without much confidence, he said.
Marquez, with the goal of his second consecutive victory in Malaysia on Sunday and his 12th of the season, only managed to score the sixth fastest lap on Friday.
The Spanish could crown a stellar season in Malaysia, the penultimate race of the year, by sealing the team's championship for Repsol Honda, to add to the praise of the pilots and builders.
He also needs to score only nine points in Malaysia, a seventh place or more, to beat three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo, the highest of 383 in a season.
1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 1min 58,576, 2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.534, 3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.630, 4. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 0.642, 5 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.708, 6. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 0.941, 7. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 0.970, 8. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati) 1.017, 9. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 1,131, 10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda-LCR) 1,135