Once again, like many other times this season, Franco Morbidelli was the best Yamaha rider of the day with his 8th quickest time in the combined standings achieved with a 1’30.944 set this morning. All the Yamaha riders are suffering and complaining of technical problems on the M1, even Quartararo said that he never felt the new M1 as his and that he never felt the same sensations as the bike used in 2019. This, however, is a movie that in Yamaha they have been seeing for a few seasons now, since the days of Zarco who with the M1 of the Tech3 team set pole position and did some good performances while Valentino Rossi et al struggled. So maybe it might be a good idea for Morbidelli to have an official M1 from Yamaha in 2021?
"Having the factory bike is always better - Franco told us - but it seems that my bike is very strong this year. I think I was able to be fast on different tracks than the other Yamahas. I won at Aragon and Misano and in Brno it would have been a victory if it hadn't been for KTM, which performed better than the other manufacturers. My package was strong and consistent, while Fabio and the other Yamahas were strong at Jerez and Barcelona while they suffered in other circumstances. Now we will have to see and understand what Yamaha's decisions will be, I feel very good with this bike, there is no point in denying it ”.
With these good results, though, have you got a bit of an itch to scratch? Let’s remember that you are only 8 points behind Quartararo in the standings...
"No, it's not revenge - Morbidelli told us smiling and nodding his head - I'm doing well and I'm happy for myself".
Speaking of today, as mentioned, you were the best rider on an M1. How was your day and was there any confrontation between you and Fabio Quartararo after FP2?
“Today was a positive day, I was fast and consistent with two different tyres and I'm in the top 10 without doing a time attack and it's encouraging. I don't know what problems Fabio had today and I haven't even heard anything about the other Yamaha riders. What I know is that I feel very good with the bike and have great potential, I tried different set-ups and tyres to better understand how to work and it went well. I don't know anything about what the other riders have done and tried ”.
Joan Mir said he saw you a lot on the ball in FP1 and that he thinks you'll be in the race for Sunday's win. Do you feel like you can go for the 25 points?
“This morning I was able to keep a great pace and I set a time that allowed me to enter Q2 from the first run. I started on the right foot but to say that I am the favourite for Sunday's victory is a bit premature, we'll see. Today I would have been able to fight for pole position, but qualifying is tomorrow and we will have to see in what conditions the track will be ”.
Last week your race was affected by a problem with the front tyre pressure. Have you solved it?
“We are working on this with Yamaha, we have the data from the last race and in the back-to-back it is easier to make this type of reasoning. We want to understand the origin of the problem and know how I will have to behave if I again have such a problem even though I think it will get better since I have all the data from last week available ".