Editorial (Thomas) – Franco Morbidelli believes that the M1 bikes were the least affected by the Aragonese low temperatures when the three Yamaha riders dominated the two free practice sessions at the Aragon Grand Prix on Friday morning.
That day’s training was delayed due to cold track conditions when Europe entered the fall, as one of the consequences of postponing the season’s calendar affected by the pandemic.
The Petronas Yamaha rider crashed at Curve 14 in FP1, but his record time of one minute 49,951 seconds took him to second place in the morning practice.
Then, in FP2, Morbidelli improved his time to one minute 48.218 seconds and finished third, behind Maverick Vinales and his teammate Fabio Quartararo.
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While Ducati struggled to find the right tire temperature and was disturbed by the strong winds that blew, no Desmosedici machine had entered the top ten after two free training sessions.
“It’s a positive day for us and we started the weekend well, even all Yamaha are at the top,” Morbidelli told the team’s official website.
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Only three Yamaha riders landed in Aragon because Valentino Rossi found himself infected with COVID-19 and had to isolate himself at home in Italy.
“This morning the conditions were difficult, the temperature was low and the wind was blowing very strong. It seems that we are suffering less than the others in these conditions,” said Morbidelli.
“Although we had a good lap today, I will continue to press tomorrow. I think we can improve because the weather forecast says the conditions will be a little better and there will be more rubber on the track.
The FP3 session on Saturday morning will be postponed by 30 minutes to allow for higher temperatures on the track for the safety of the riders.
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Meanwhile, Maverick Vinales, who ran alone for the Yamaha factory team due to Rossi’s absence, found the M1 to be working very well that day, after winning the first two training sessions with a best one-minute 47.771 seconds.
“I am very happy because we had a good time on the lap. Even when the track is not at its best, our lap times are quite fast. The bike has been doing very well since the first lap,” said Vinales.
“Today it was also windy and, normally, Yamaha is very stable in this case.
“Our race pace is very good. We still need time to understand the tires, but I can continue at a pace of 1m48s, which is a good thing. I hope the temperature will be a little higher tomorrow.”
Reporter: Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
Publisher: Teguh Handoko
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