Franco Morbidelli is 10th in the World Championship at 75 points behind the leader, Fabio Quartararo: his former teammate and who was beaten by him in 2020 when Franky finished the championship in second place.
But the Roman rider from Tavullia is still on the Petronas team with the same bike as last year, a 2019 M1, while the French rider is on the factory team.
“What I did last year gave me a big boost in self-esteem,” he told MotoGP.com. “But when I arrived in Qatar, I had a big shock, because we realized that the others had progressed, and we hadn’t. Then, in Mugello, I realized that, when you lose so much time on the straight, it’s difficult to fight.”
Morbido not only refers to rivals from other constructors but also his own brand mates.
“In fact, there’s also a difference with my brand mates,” he continued. “And it’s not just about performance. The situation also changes your riding style. I can’t ride as smoothly as I’d ike. It’s a vicious circle… Every race is always tough, of course, but it’s even harder for me. It’s a battle against the others, but also with myself. Obviously, I’m not happy with the current technical support, but I’m happy with Yamaha’s consideration of me. This year will definitely make me grow a lot.”
Morbidelli’s only good race so far was in Jerez.
“Yes, I had a good race there. Being on a team with Valentino is great. He’s an incredible superstar, and I learn from him how to behave in bad situations. I’d like to have his ability to remain positive in difficult situations and also how he manages to overcome them. I’m definitely learning a lot from him… but I’d like to try the new Yamaha M1, feel how it rides. I’d like to jump into the same boat as the others.”