Morbidelli was Yamaha’s main rider in 2020 aboard his Petronas SRT-run 2019-spec M1, the Italian successful three races and ending runner-up to Suzuki’s Joan Mir within the championship.
Since then he has struggled to recapture that type, along with his ageing bike coupled with damage woes blighting his 2021 season, whereas a transfer to the manufacturing unit squad has seen him endure a tough adaptation to the 2022-spec Yamaha.
Sitting 19th within the standings with simply 25 factors to his credit score relative to teammate Fabio Quartararo’s 172 on the high of the desk, Morbidelli’s future was at one stage in query for 2023 regardless of having a contract in place.
Nonetheless, Yamaha is dedicated to honouring that and is working to get him again to his former degree.
“In the meanwhile Fabio is de facto the one one who can exploit the great factors of the Yamaha, however we’re actually working exhausting to attempt to get again Franco the place he was in 2020,” Meregalli mentioned forward of the summer season break final month.
“Everyone knows his functionality and we’ll by no means surrender till we attain this goal. We’re satisfied concerning the pace and the efficiency Franco has.
Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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“At this second we’re actually on the lookout for an answer that can permit him to be extra comfy on the bike, to be quicker and constant as a result of most likely the race outcomes do not present what he’s doing within the latest races.
“However the tempo he’s exhibiting within the practices is already bettering.”
Meregalli added that Morbidelli’s qualifying tempo is what’s masking real tempo enhancements he has made this yr.
“What he is lacking now could be the time assault,” Meregalli defined. “It is also very obscure.
“He complains about that he has an excessive amount of grip and he cannot flip and let the bike spin as he would love.
“I am fairly satisfied with a greater beginning place for positive his ends in races will certainly be higher.
“It isn’t straightforward for us to get well positions in the course of the race.
“So, for the second we’ll obtain the aim to take him to beginning extra in the direction of the entrance we’ll begin seeing Franky again on his pace.”