Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli
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Morbidelli at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix
Nationality Italian
Born (1994-12-04) 4 December 1994 (age 25)
Rome, Italy
Current team Petronas Yamaha SRT
Bike number 21
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2018–
Manufacturers Honda, Yamaha
Championships 0
2020 championship position 2nd (158 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
49 3 5 2 1 323
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2013–2017
Manufacturers Suter, Kalex
Championships 1 (2017)
2017 championship position 1st (308 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
71 8 21 6 13 686

Franco Morbidelli (born 4 December 1994 in Rome) is an Italian motorcycle racer. He was the European Superstock 600 champion in 2013 and the Moto2 World Champion in 2017.

Early life

Morbidelli was born in Rome to a Brazilian mother, Cristina, and an Italian father, Livio Morbidelli. The elder Morbidelli himself was a former motorcycle racer, finishing runner-up in the 80cc and 125cc classes of the Italian national championships. Livio Morbidelli recognized his son's potential from a young age but did not have the resources to support a racing career. Through an old racing companion Graziano Rossi, father of 9-time world champion Valentino Rossi, Livio Morbidelli learned of the motorcycle training hotbed in Tavullia. The family sold their home in Rome and moved to Tavullia to support Franco's race career ambitions. This training with Rossi became the precursor to what is now known as the VR46 Academy for racers, of which Morbidelli later became the first official member.[1]

Despite the common misconception, he is not related to Giancarlo Morbidelli, manufacturer of the Morbidelli Grand Prix racing bikes, or his son, former Italian F1 driver Gianni Morbidelli.[2]

Career

Early career

As a teen, Morbidelli was poised to enter the Spanish CEV 125cc championship, one of the main feeder series for a Grand Prix motorcycle career. However a lack of funding prevented him from entering. He instead found a ride in the European Superstock 600 championship for 2011 and 2012. In January 2013, Morbidelli's father committed suicide. Morbidelli found a seat at Team Italia aboard a Kawasaki for a third season in the class in 2013, ultimately winning the championship with 2 wins and 5 podiums.[1]

Moto2 World Championship

As a result of his success in the Superstock championship, Morbidelli earned a place as a replacement rider for Gresini in 3 rounds of the Moto2 championship.[1] He joined the Moto2 class full-time in 2014 with the Italtrans Racing Team and outscored his more experienced teammate and former 125cc Champion Julián Simón. He stayed with the team in 2015 and got his first podium finish at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. In 2016, he joined the Marc VDS Racing Team, partnering Álex Márquez. After a slow start, he finished the season strongly with 5 consecutive podium finishes, 8 podiums in total and finished 4th in the standings. For 2017, he was a favourite for the title and took his first win at the opening race at Qatar. He won a total of 8 races with 4 additional podium finishes as he won the 2017 Moto2 World Championship with Marc VDS after his closest championship contender Thomas Lüthi was declared unfit for the Malaysian GP following a crash at qualifying.[3]

MotoGP World Championship

Morbidelli moved up the MotoGP class in 2018 still with the Marc VDS team on the Honda bike. He was partnered by his 2017 Moto2 title rival Lüthi. He finished the season in 15th place and as rookie of the year, just ahead of Hafizh Syahrin on the Tech3 Yamaha, while his team-mate Lüthi failed to score a single point that season on the same machinery.

For 2019, as Marc VDS left the premier class, Morbidelli signed with the newly-formed Petronas SRT team on a two-year deal. He would ride an "A-spec" satellite Yamaha alongside rookie Fabio Quartararo.[4] With 115 points, he finished 10th in the riders' championship.

Just before the delayed start to the 2020 season, Petronas SRT announced that Morbidelli had been signed on a further two-year deal, meaning he would stay with the team until at least the end of 2022.[5] In August 2020 at the Austrian Grand Prix, Morbidelli's motorcycle collided with that of Johann Zarco while the two fought through turn 2. Despite the dramatic crash which resulted in a red flag, Morbidelli was unharmed.[6] He achieved his first MotoGP podium at the Czech round[7] and his first victory just three races later at San Marino.[8] He took his second career win at the Teruel Grand Prix, setting a new track race lap record on the way and solidifying himself as a contender for the riders' championship.[9] At the following European Grand Prix, Morbidelli struggled in qualifying and then in the race battling rising tire pressures, ultimately limping home in 11th while title rival Joan Mir took his first career win, all but extinguishing Morbidelli's title hopes.[10] At the second Valencia round the following week, Morbidelli bounced pack to take his second career pole position and converted it to his third career win, staving off a last lap attack from Jack Miller. Mir finished in 7th place, sufficient to clinch the championship ahead of Morbidelli.[11] At the final round in Portugal, Morbidelli finished the season with his fifth podium of the season to end the championship as runner-up to Mir by 13 points.

Career statistics

FIM European Superstock 600 Championship

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2011 European
Superstock
600
Yamaha
YZF-R6
4 0 0 0 0 32 17th
2012 European
Superstock
600
Yamaha
YZF-R6
Bike Service Racing Team
RCGM Team
8 0 1 1 0 74 6th
2013 European
Superstock
600
Kawasaki
Ninja ZX-6R
San Carlo Team Italia 10 2 5 2 1 154 1st
Total 22 2 6 3 1 260
Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
European
Superstock
600
2011–2013 2011 Monza 2012 Nürburgring 2013 Portimão 22 2 6 3 1 260 1
Total 2011–2013 22 2 6 3 1 260 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Pts
2011 Yamaha ASS MNZ
4
MIS
Ret
ARA BRN SIL NÜR IMO
6
MAG POR
7
17th 32
2012 Yamaha IMO
7
ASS MNZ
9
MIS
15
ARA BRN
6
SIL
7
NÜR
3
POR
5
MAG
5
6th 74
2013 Kawasaki ARA
6
ASS
7
MNZ
6
POR
1
IMO
2
SIL1
4
SIL2
14
NÜR
1
MAG
2
JER
2
1st 154

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2013 Moto2 Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2014 Moto2 Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 18 0 0 0 0 75 11th
2015 Moto2 Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 14 0 1 0 2 90 10th
2016 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 18 0 8 0 3 213 4th
2017 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 18 8 12 6 8 308 1st
2018 MotoGP Honda EG 0,0 Marc VDS 16 0 0 0 0 50 15th
2019 MotoGP Yamaha Petronas Yamaha SRT 19 0 0 0 0 115 10th
2020 MotoGP Yamaha Petronas Yamaha SRT 14 3 5 2 1 158 2nd
Total 121 11 26 8 14 1009
Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto2 2013–2017 2013 San Marino 2015 Indianapolis 2017 Qatar 71 8 21 6 13 686 1
MotoGP 2018–present 2018 Qatar 2020 Czech Republic 2020 San Marino 50 3 5 2 1 323 0
Total 2013–Present 121 11 26 8 14 1009 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2013 Moto2 Suter QAT AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM
20
ARA MAL AUS JPN
18
VAL
17
NC 0
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
25
AME
17
ARG
13
SPA
20
FRA
10
ITA
10
CAT
21
NED
24
GER
6
IND
Ret
CZE
8
GBR
6
RSM
7
ARA
5
JPN
7
AUS
13
MAL
Ret
VAL
21
11th 75
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
5
AME
5
ARG
5
SPA
6
FRA
5
ITA
Ret
CAT
8
NED
19
GER
Ret
IND
3
CZE
10
GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS
11
MAL
15
VAL
Ret
10th 90
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
7
ARG
25
AME
14
SPA
4
FRA
4
ITA
8
CAT
11
NED
3
GER
Ret
AUT
2
CZE
8
GBR
2
RSM
5
ARA
3
JPN
3
AUS
2
MAL
2
VAL
3
4th 213
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
1
ARG
1
AME
1
SPA
Ret
FRA
1
ITA
4
CAT
5
NED
1
GER
1
CZE
8
AUT
1
GBR
3
RSM
Ret
ARA
1
JPN
8
AUS
3
MAL
3
VAL
2
1st 308
2018 MotoGP Honda QAT
12
ARG
14
AME
21
SPA
9
FRA
13
ITA
15
CAT
14
NED
DNS
GER
WD
CZE
13
AUT
19
GBR
C
RSM
12
ARA
11
THA
14
JPN
11
AUS
8
MAL
12
VAL
Ret
15th 50
2019 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
11
ARG
Ret
AME
5
SPA
7
FRA
7
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
5
GER
9
CZE
Ret
AUT
10
GBR
5
RSM
5
ARA
Ret
THA
6
JPN
6
AUS
11
MAL
6
VAL
Ret
10th 115
2020 MotoGP Yamaha SPA
5
ANC
Ret
CZE
2
AUT
Ret
STY
15
RSM
1
EMI
9
CAT
4
FRA
Ret
ARA
6
TER
1
EUR
11
VAL
1
POR
3
2nd 158

References

  1. ^ a b c Garcia Casanova, Germán (5 November 2017). "How Morbidelli overcame tragedy to become Moto2 champion". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Franco Morbidelli is not part of the MotoGP Dynasty of the same name". Speedweek.com (in German). 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ Patterson, Simon (29 October 2017). "Moto2: Champion Morbidelli crowned early as Luthi ruled unfit". Motorcycle News. Bauer Consumer Media Ltd. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ Cobb, Haydn (24 August 2018). "Morbidelli, Quartararo revealed in Petronas Yamaha presentation". crash.net. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  5. ^ McLaren, Peter (13 July 2020). "Petronas Yamaha re-signs Morbidelli". Crash. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ CNN, Jonathan Hawkins and Don Riddell. "Brad Binder: Cheating death and creating MotoGP history". CNN. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  7. ^ Duncan, Lewis (9 August 2020). "Czech Republic MotoGP: Binder stuns for KTM to take maiden win at Brno". Autosport.com. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Morbidelli wins first MotoGP race at San Marino". ESPN.co.uk. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  9. ^ Duncan, Lewis (25 October 2020). "MotoGP Teruel: Morbidelli wins as Mir strengthens championship lead". Autosport.com. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  10. ^ Duncan, Lewis (9 November 2020). "Morbidelli forced to ride in "safety mode" due to pressure issue". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  11. ^ Duncan, Lewis (15 November 2020). "Valencia MotoGP: Mir crowned champion as Morbidelli wins last-lap thriller". Autosport.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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