This start to the season has not gone according to plan for Yamaha, which after the first four rounds finds itself occupying 11th and 12th place in the championship standings, respectively with Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli. Results below the Japanese team's expectations, but not enough to undermine Morbidelli’s confidence in his team, ready to give their all even on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans.
“It's a very different track from Jerez. We know we are in a difficult moment, but anything can happen. The weather can change and we must have the right attitude and approach this weekend in the most aggressive way possible, to get everything we can - commented the Italian-Brazilian on the eve of the French round - Knowing how to adapt and get to the maximum as soon as possible, even if a track changes, that's part of a rider’s job. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don't, but that's what we try to do every time. One tries to prepare as best as possible with the team, with the data and with the training. There are so many ways."
The Japanese team continues to work with its head down, although the results of its commitment are slow to arrive. At the end of the day, not even the test day in Jerez allowed the team to find something that could be of help to its riders in the French GP.
"We tried different solutions in the tests, but nothing seems to help, so we won't use anything here" admitted Morbidelli, who expects the new elements to come before the next tests at Misano: "We will continue to work and there will certainly be new updates and solutions”.
The presence of Valentino Rossi at Jerez doesn't seem to have brought about any new developments in Franco's future. "I think he was more focused on something else" commented the 28-year-old, who then analyzed the relationship of trust between himself and Yamaha.
“My faith in Yamaha doesn't change because we are all aware of what we are missing and I am also aware of what we had. This is what keeps me hopeful because there are still aspects of the old bike that were much better and they belong to us. There are also things we have to look for in dark areas, but already if we put all of our best together, the M1 could once again be one of the best packages. Unfortunately we are not succeeding now, but I remain confident because it is my nature and because I see that there is desire within the team - he explained - As for Yamaha's trust in me, you should ask them. My perception is that this year I'm going quite strong compared to my teammate. Less last year, but this year I'm giving him a big battle and it's not that obvious".
The difficulties don't erase everything good that Morbidelli and Yamaha have built together. Precisely for this reason, Franky would be more than inclined to continue another year with the Iwata manufacturer if Jarvis proposed the renewal here today.
“Yes, I would gladly stay with Yamaha because I've had some great satisfaction with this Yamaha, I get along very well with the people within the team and I also have unfinished business, because I haven't been able to achieve what I would like to achieve with this team - he admitted contemplating the possibility of a contract renewal - I think we're already talking about it. My collaborators are so good that they totally take care of these things, keeping me calm”.