Franco Morbidelli thinks: now another driver? / MotoGP

Yamaha racer Franco Morbidelli talks about his very mixed 2022 MotoGP year and his transformation into an “aggressive” M1 tamer.

Franco Morbidelli crossed the finish line in tenth place in Sunday’s MotoGP final at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia – just behind new world champion Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia. Unbelievable: It was the second best result of the 2022 season for VR46 Riders Academy protégé Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo!

It’s also a fact: 19th place in the world championship and a measly 42 world championship points are a real defeat for the former MotoGP world runner-up at the end of the season, who is still under contract with Yamaha. “Now is the time to think about the whole season,” admitted Morbidelli after the final.

The Italian, whose mother is from Brazil and won the Moto2 World Championship in 2017, is humble: “I have to finish by thanking my crew and Yamaha. They continued when it became clear that it would be difficult for me to get the full potential out of the bike.”

Morbidelli adds: “Yamaza has always believed in me and continues to work on making the bike even better. Now I can use the speed from the motorbike.”

“Morbido” finished Tuesday’s test in 14th place and finally admitted: “In the end I’m happy because I was able to completely change my style – from a gentle to an extremely aggressive rider. I am delighted with how closely Yamaha has supported me here. Well, it’s been a rough season. But I would say with a happy ending. Now I’m looking forward to the new M1 Yamaha for 2023.”

Valencia-Test, MotoGP (November 8):

1. Marini, Ducati, 1:30.032 min
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.225 sec
3. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.230
4. Oliveira, Aprilia, + 0.335
5. Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.366
6. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +0.451
7. Brad Binder, KTM, +0.464
8. Martin, Ducati, +0.544
9. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.546
10. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.560
11. Zarco, Ducati, +0.594
12. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.623
13. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.644
14. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +0.659
15. Alex Marquez, Ducati, +0.680
16. Pol Espargaro, GASGAS, +0.725
17. Miller, KTM, +0.755
18. Mir, Honda, +0.882
19. Nakagami, Honda, +1,049
20. Kidney, Honda, +1,196
21. Raul Fernandez, Aprilia, +1,308
22. Augusto Fernández, GASGAS, + 1,698
23. Pirro, Ducati, + 2,773

Final standings of the MotoGP World Championship (after 20 races):

1. Bagnaia 265. 2. Quartararo 248 Points. 3. Bastianini 219. 4. Aleix Espargaró 212. 5. Miller 189. 6. Brad Binder 188. 7. Rins 173. 8. Zarco 166. 9. Martin 152. 10. Oliveira 149. 11. Mariniñales 120. 13. Marc Marquez 113. 14. Bezzecchi 111. 15. Mir 87. 16. Pol Espargaro 56. 17. Alex Marquez 50. 18. Nakagami 48. 19. Morbidelli 42. 20. Di Giannantonio 22. Raúl Fernández 14. 23. Remy Gardner 13. 24. Darryn Binder 12. 25. Crutchlow 10. 26. Bradl 2.

Constructors’ Championship:

1. Ducati 448 Points. 2. Yamaha 256. 3. Aprilia 248. 4. KTM 240. 5. Suzuki 199. 6. Honda 155.

World Team Cup:

1. Ducati Lenovo Team 454 Points. 2. Red Bull KTM Factory 337. 3. Aprilia Racing 334. 4. Prima Pramac Racing 318. 5. Monster Energy Yamaha 290. 6. Suzuki Ecstar 260. 7. Gresini Racing 243. 8. Mooney VR46 Racing 231. 9. Honda 171. 10. LCR Honda 98. 11. WithU Yamaha RNF 37. 12. Tech3 KTM Factory 27.

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