News 8 Mar 2019

Morbidelli to take advantage of Qatar-suited Yamaha

Italian ready for Petronas Yamaha SRT racing debut.

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Franco Morbidelli is anticipating to take advantage of his Petronas Yamaha SRT YZR-M1 suiting Losail International Circuit in Qatar, which will host round one of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship this weekend.

In his second year of challenging the premier class, Morbidelli posted strong times throughout testing, being one of four Yamaha situated in the top six on the final day of tests at the Qatar venue.

“I am looking forward to starting the first GP of the year,” said Morbidelli. “We can be there ready to fight. We won’t set any objectives until we start work at Losail and put everything we have tested, and which has produced such good results, together.

“We established a strong pace on the second day of the test in Qatar and I think everything is very close between all the riders. At this first race we have to try and take advantage of the fact that the Yamaha bikes are working really well at this track.”

Morbidelli will be joined by rookie Fabio Quartararo in the all-new Petronas Yamaha SRT outfit, the youthful talent also performing strongly during testing.

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