The 2020 championship runner-up was pegged by many – together with Ducati’s Jack Miller – because the favorite for victory in Sunday’s season-opener at Losail.
However Morbidelli slumped to the again of the pack from seventh on the grid on the opening lap and will solely salvage 18th – beating solely Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori after LCR duo Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez, and Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci crashed out.
Morbidelli didn’t specify what the issue was, however sources within the paddock have instructed Autosport the Italian’s holeshot gadget was caught on for all the race.
Launched by Ducati in 2019, the holeshot gadget mechanically lowers the rear of the bike to cut back wheelying off the road and enhance acceleration at first of race.
The gadget has developed since the place most producers may also have interaction it exiting corners, whereas Aprilia, Honda, Yamaha and KTM even have entrance holeshot units for race begins.
Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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Commenting on the problem, which propped up on the grid and was seen additionally throughout apply, Morbidelli mentioned: “Tough race for us, we had an issue on the grid and we determined to go anyway for the race.
“It’s a downside that we have to examine higher as a result of it occurred additionally different instances through the weekend, however within the race we noticed it clearly that one thing was incorrect and sadly we needed to make such a nasty race.
“Effectively, principally the bike stopped turning and the rear finish of the bike begins to really feel empty, like I’ve no damping within the shock and I’ve an empty shock.
“I can’t flip… nicely, I can flip however I have to journey one second slower. I can speed up, however I have to journey one second slower.
“So, that’s the impact that I had. We don’t know the trigger but, I’m certain the Yamaha guys are going to assist me on this matter.”
Regardless of figuring out he must race with an issue – elevating questions over the security of racing with a damaged holeshot – Morbidelli says he needed to hold on to honour the laborious work of his group.
“Yeah, in fact I used to be just about final however anyway for respect of my group and the individuals working with me,” he added.
“I needed to complete the race and I needed to complete the race additionally to beginning [understanding] higher the issue.”
On the entrance, manufacturing facility Yamaha counterpart Maverick Vinales put in a commanding show for victory.
However Morbidelli admits this doesn’t give him solace for this weekend’s Doha GP as his tempo through the weekend within the night periods wasn’t robust sufficient to duplicate what Vinales did.
“Effectively, if the race race is in daylight, sure,” he mentioned “If not, I actually hope so. Hope is what I’ve obtained.”