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Morbidelli was one of many first riders to be taken beneath Rossi’s wing when the VR46 Academy was based in 2014, with the Italian happening to win the Moto2 crown in 2017.
Having stepped as much as MotoGP in 2018, Morbidelli missed out on the title in 2020 to Suzuki’s Joan Mir by simply 13 factors after scoring three wins and 5 podiums.
However since then Morbidelli’s kind has vanished, with a knee damage plaguing him all through 2021 and difficulties adapting to the manufacturing facility Yamaha resulting in a depressing 2022 marketing campaign.
Ending final 12 months with simply 42 factors down in 19th within the standings, Morbidelli’s kind is a thriller to Rossi’s right-hand man and VR46 group director Uccio Salucci.
Requested by Motorsport.com’s Spanish version what has gone unsuitable with Morbidelli, Salucci instructed Motorsport.com’s Spanish language version: “I do not know, to be trustworthy,”
“If I am trustworthy I am unable to reply your query.
“I will let you know one factor, the Academy and Vale personally, is true now 60% centered on Franco Morbidelli and 40% on the opposite riders.
“We’re working loads with him. It is not straightforward, however I am not in a position to reply your query what’s unsuitable with him.
Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
Photograph by: MotoGP
“It is not only one factor, it is plenty of little issues that come collectively that we’re not in a position to perceive.
“We hope that this 12 months he could be aggressive. However now, sadly, I am unable to offer you a solution.”
Morbidelli signed a two-year contract with Yamaha halfway by 2021, conserving him in place on the manufacturing facility squad for 2023 regardless of his difficulties final season.
Final month, Motorsport.com revealed that Yamaha had been in touch with Moto2 race winner Alonso Lopez, initially as a prospect for a possible satellite tv for pc squad.
Ought to Yamaha be unable to safe a satellite tv for pc companion for 2024 (with hyperlinks to VR46, which is contracted to Ducati till the tip of 2024, repeatedly talked about and refuted) and Morbidelli proceed to wrestle, he may discover his seat on the manufacturing facility squad beneath menace.
Rossi concluded his MotoGP profession on the finish of 2021 and has since switched to automobile racing, turning into a BMW manufacturing facility driver in sportscars this 12 months.