Morbidelli shadowed Rossi for many of Sunday’s 27-lap Valencia season finale and finally latched onto the again of his Petronas SRT Yamaha counterpart.
The manufacturing facility Yamaha says he tried to push within the latter levels to grab 10th away from Rossi, however says the retiring legend was “driving unbelievable”.
“Yeah, it was nice to have the luck to make the entire race behind him,” Morbidelli, who completed just below six tenths adrift in 11th.
“Really, earlier than the race I simply wished to remain so far as potential from him.
“I stated I do not wish to become involved in something. However at one level I discovered myself proper behind him and I stated ‘OK, let’s attempt to push and let’s attempt to possibly overtake him or do one thing’.
“However he was so quick and so unattackable that I wanted to remain the entire race behind him.
“I used to be pondering that I used to be very, very fortunate to get pleasure from his final laps in MotoGP from a very particular place.
“And it was nice, he was driving implausible, he was driving unbelievable.
“He elevated the velocity within the final laps, and you would see he was actually appreciating it and having fun with his final moments in MotoGP.”
Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing
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Having began 2021 on the two-year-old Petronas SRT Yamaha earlier than lacking 5 races on account of a knee damage, Morbidelli admits it has been a “loopy season”.
However he says his 11th – ending 14.zero85s from the victory – in Valencia is a outcome which provides him “nice perception” going into his first full 12 months as a manufacturing facility Yamaha rider in 2022.
“Yeah, loopy season, numerous ups and downs – extra downs than ups,” Morbidelli added.
“However such a final race makes us finish the season with a candy style in our mouth and a terrific perception in subsequent 12 months.
“So, it is now a matter of understanding nicely in Jerez what we want for subsequent 12 months, perceive if what we did is best.
“Jerez is a right-handed observe and it’ll make me work higher. And have a pleasant and good restoration this winter, and get well-prepared for subsequent 12 months.”