Pressure is off Petronas riders in Portimao

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s racing duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli can afford to take it easy in the last race of the 2020 MotoGP season at the Algarve International Circuit.

Both are out of the running for the MotoGP championship title which has been won by Spain’s Joan Mir ahead of today’s Portugal GP which is the season finale.

Quartararo had a casual run about and finally ended up fourth fastest in the free practice sessions in 1:39:692 while Morbidelli finished 10th fastest in 1:39:888.

“It’s a nice feeling here at Portimao track. It’s a difficult track in some places. In particular there are some really tricky corners but it is also a lot of fun and very unique, ” said Quartararo.

For Morbidelli the sessions were really refreshing.

“It’s really nice, and the Portuguese weather is also really good at this time of year. I’m happy to be here riding and the feeling today was getting better lap-by-lap. I was able to improve my time and also refine the bike set-up in these two sessions, ” he said.

Meanwhile, in Moto3, Petronas Sprinta’s Khairul Idham Pawi finished 28th in the practice sessions with a time of 1:49:471 on his Honda NSF250RW.

“Portimao is a nice circuit to ride, with some big up and down sections, so I’m really happy to be here again. The last time I race here was five years ago in the FIM CEV championship, ” said Khairul.

In Moto2, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah and Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin finished 25th and 26th respectively. Hafizh, who rides for Pull and Bear Aspar Team clocked 1:44:859 while Kasma, who is with Onexox TKKR SAG, recorded a time of 1:44:980.

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