Yamaha SRT’s duo aim to bounce back at Catalan GP

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s (SRT) duo — Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli — want to put behind their past disappointment as they vie for better results at this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix (GP) at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Spain.

Quartararo who secured second place in the starting grid before scoring the second-place finish at the 2019 edition is confident of putting up another strong performance at the circuit.

“I’m really looking forward because I feel that we can manage good results there. It’s true it has a 1km long straight track, so we will have to work on a good setup for it,” the Frenchman said in a statement yesterday.

“Last year, our top speed wasn’t so good there, but we were still able to finish on the podium, so it means we are strong in the other parts of the track.

“Our pace there can be good, we know that we can be competitive, and of course I will give my best!” the 21-year-old added.

For Morbidelli, he is also gunning for a podium finish, despite still recovering from a stomach bug he sustained while taking part at the recent Emilia Romagna GP in Italy.

“I have stayed at home trying to relax and recover to make sure I am fully fit for this weekend’s (race) in Barcelona.

“There are a lot of positives from the Misano races to take with us to the race in Barcelona, where we will try to arrive well prepared and ready to attack,” he said.

“The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit is an historical track, with many MotoGP stories happened there. The layout is nice, flowy and challenging. In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful tracks in the calendar and I usually do quite well there. So, I am looking forward to ride there again,” Morbidelli added.

Quartararo and Spaniard Maverick Viñales of Monster Energy Yamaha, are tied with 83 points in second place, while Morbidelli is in fifth in the MotoGP World Championship standings with 64 points after seven races. — Bernama