The three-time race winner and 2020 championship runner-up endured a torrid marketing campaign final 12 months, by which he scored only one podium as he struggled for tempo within the first half of the season on his two-year-old Yamaha in Petronas SRT colors.
He was compelled out from June’s Dutch TT by way of to September’s San Marino Grand Prix as he recovered from surgical procedure on a knee damage, by which era he’d been promoted to the manufacturing unit Yamaha squad on a two-year deal to exchange the ousted Maverick Vinales.
Scoring simply seven factors within the ultimate 5 races as a manufacturing unit Yamaha rider in 2021, Meregalli believes Morbidelli’s return was “too early” – however is aware of the Italian “matches very properly” to the M1.
“What I’m anticipating from Franco is a form of revenge after final season, as a result of he had too many issues [go wrong],” Meregalli mentioned.
“He began fairly properly, then he was injured, he determined to have surgical procedure after which he moved to the manufacturing unit crew.
“In all probability he needed to leap again on the bike too early with the goal that the restoration can be shorter, however was in all probability nonetheless worse.
“He used the final races to get used to the brand new crew, the brand new manufacturing unit bike.
“However I’m actually curious to see Franco in a good condition, driving the bike as he was used to doing earlier than he obtained injured.
Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing
Photograph by: Yamaha
“He is used to driving the bike, we all know that he matches very properly to our M1.”
Morbidelli confirmed stable type throughout pre-season testing in February on the 2022 M1, ending the Indonesia check fifth general.
Nevertheless, he admits his driving model remains to be extra “linked” to the 2019 bike he rode beforehand.
“I want to enhance nonetheless the sensation with the bike,” Morbidelli mentioned when requested by Autosport what he nonetheless wants from the brand new Yamaha bundle.
“I simply jumped on the bike in [physical] situation in Sepang, so we began our work with Patrick [Primmer, crew chief] in Sepang – and we began to construct up a base and at last we obtained base right here [in Indonesia].
“And we managed to get higher and higher through the three days right here, and we managed to squeeze the efficiency and see one thing fascinating.
“So, I nonetheless want some extra feeling of the bike, some extra data of the bike.
“It behaves in a different way to the ‘19, I nonetheless really feel I’m linked extra to the ‘19 than the ‘22 bike. So, I have to mix a bit higher with the ’22.”
The 2022 MotoGP season begins this weekend in Qatar.