Quartararo and Morbidelli travel to Austria to gain more fame
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT wants to continue its strong start to the 2020 MotoGP season at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg this weekend
The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team with drivers Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli is fresh from their tenth podium in Brno to the Austrian Grand Prix and is confident of achieving further strong results. As the current front runner in both the driver and team standings, the team is traveling to Austria in high spirits.
Although the CzechGP was not the best for Quartararo as increasing tire wear in the race prevented him from making the most of his front row start, the Frenchman was still in the process of scoring nine more championship points. Quartararo is aware that it could be another tricky weekend with extremely different weather conditions predicted and would like to be on the podium again on Sunday – especially since he finished third in Austria last year.
Team-mate Morbidelli will arrive at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg achieved his first MotoGP podium last weekend. The Italian rode with a tire head and knew his tires were falling off to make sure his bike crossed the finish line in second. Despite the perception that the 4.3km track isn’t the toughest for the Yamaha YZR-M1, Franco is confident that he can still stand at the sharp end of the grid and fight for another podium. He will arrive third in the championship at the Austrian GP.
The Austrian Grand Prix begins for MotoGP riders with FP1 on Friday at 9:55 a.m. local time (3:55 p.m. MYT). The 28-lap race on Sunday starts at 2:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. MYT).
It wasn’t the best weekend in Brno, but we’re going to Austria with nine more points in the championship. That was important. I like the Austrian track very much and I’m really looking forward to the next two races there. We know that KTM will be strong again as they have tested a lot there and will therefore have a lot of important data for the races. Of course when we arrive we have to see what the conditions are like as the weather forecast is very mixed at the moment, but I think we can get there quickly and be on the podium again. We will definitely try to repeat at least the top 3 placement from last year.
I think it finally arrived that I got my first MotoGP podium last time! I am very happy because it gave us a lot of self-confidence for these two races in Austria and the certainty that we can fight at the very front. It doesn’t look like one of our strongest tracks on paper, but that’s only on paper! We’ll have to see how the conditions are and how we feel in the first practice session on Friday. But I’m really looking forward to it and can hardly wait to be back on the right track after the next few days.