Morbidelli spent everything of 2022 struggling to adapt his ultra-smooth driving model to the manufacturing facility Yamaha, with the 2020 championship runner-up scoring simply 42 factors throughout the season in comparison with team-mate Fabio Quartararo’s 248 – which included three wins on his strategy to second within the standings.
Whereas the Yamaha was once identified for its rider-friendly nature, latest iterations of the M1 have required a extra aggressive model to get the very best out of the bike, significantly in qualifying trim.
Morbidelli has labored over the winter on adapting his model and feels he is ready to experience the Yamaha extra aggressively than earlier than.
He now thinks riders must adapt extra to the package deal they’ve than mould the bike round them if they’re to have any hope of successful the championship.
“Once I deal with the bike, I at all times attempt to deal with it gently,” Morbidelli stated after final month’s Sepang pre-season take a look at.
“However I feel if you wish to be a champion that you must be a chameleon and it’s a must to have a method that your package deal requires.
Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing
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“So, I don’t really feel like a rider anymore. In the event you noticed, I took it away from my Instagram profile.
“I feel we’re driving fairly aggressive now, even when it’s an inline-four [cylinder engine bike], I feel we’re driving fairly aggressively.
“I didn’t concentrate loads to different individuals really, however no less than within the corners I feel – I don’t know, possibly I’m an optimistic man – we’re capable of be sharp within the sharp corners and sooner within the rounded corners.”
Yamaha didn’t produce any standout occasions on the ultimate day of final month’s Sepang take a look at, with Quartararo and Morbidelli 17th and 20th total.
Regardless of being pleased with the step ahead Yamaha had taken with its engine, Quartararo admitted the 2023 M1 is “a nightmare” in time assault mode.
Pre-season testing concludes this weekend with two last days of working on the Algarve Worldwide Circuit earlier than the opening spherical of the 12 months on 26 March in Portugal.