RiderTua.com – Morbidelli was surprised by the top speed of the Yamaha M1. Yamaha put the two factory riders in the top 10 in combined time after two practice sessions in the Qatar MotoGP season opener on Friday. Franco Morbidelli was very surprised by the top speed of his M1. While MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo put his Yamaha in 8th place on Friday, his teammate Franco Morbidelli from Italy even made it into the top 5 with his M1 in Qatar. The 2017 Moto2 World Champion is now almost fully recovered from a prolonged knee injury and is ready for his first race at the Losail Circuit. Alex Rins’ top speed is 355.2 km/h, Fabio Quartararo 345 km/h. Morbidelli managed to reach a speed of 348.3 km / h which he had never felt while at Yamaha (used to be in the back group in terms of top speed). So by being in the middle row in terms of top speed, you just need to work on the cornering speed.
After the first two free practice sessions on Friday, the 27-year-old lost 0.4 seconds to Alex Rins, who posted a best time of 1:53,432 with his Suzuki in FP2. For comparison: The pole position record was 1:52,772 minutes by Pecco Bagnaia in the previous year. Morbidelli is satisfied with the progress he is making.
Morbidelli Surprised by Top Speed Yamaha M1
“We started from the last part we left with the Mandalika test. My feeling at this track and on the bike is similar to the feeling from the test in Indonesia. Our position is more or less the same, we are satisfied,” he said.
Nevertheless, the Yamaha star stressed.. “We have to improve a lot so that we can compete with Suzuki and Honda. I think both manufacturers were fastest on Friday and we need to improve in some areas to move in that direction.”
Masalah Top Speed
Top speed was and remains a lack of Yamaha in the MotoGP class. While Suzuki has now risen to the top spot where Alex Rins recorded a speed of 355.2 km / h in FP1 with the GSX-RR, Fabio Quartararo appeared behind with a speed of 345 km / h. However, Morbidelli managed to hit an impressive 348.3 km/h.
“We have to live with it.. After today I was very surprised and I think we can be very happy with our top speed. Since my MotoGP debut, I have always been second to last in this classification in terms of top speed. We are currently in the middle and that’s okay,” the Italian said aggressively explaining.
But Morbidelli also knows that all has to improve, “We are a factory team and so we really have to work on it so that we can improve in this area. We also have to be faster in the corners to be a worthy competitor to the fastest riders.”