Morbidelli felt like lowest rated rider by Yamaha at start of 2020 MotoGP season | MotoGP News

by Dec 25, 20200 comments

[ad_1]

Franco Morbidelli says he “can’t hide” the fact Yamaha’s decision to give him the older-spec MotoGP bike at the start of 2020 made him feel the weakest of its riders.

The Petronas SRT rider was due to ride current-spec machinery in 2020, but ahead of pre-season testing Yamaha decided to keep him on what it dubbed the ‘A-spec’ bike – which was effectively the 2019 version.

Despite this, Morbidelli went on to score three victories in 2020 (equal with team-mate Fabio Quartararo) and ended up as top Yamaha rider in runner-up spot in the championship.

PLUS: How Yamaha’s MotoGP engine woes haunted it in Portugal

Morbidelli praised Yamaha for the “good package” he was supplied with, as the ‘A-spec’ bike proved to be more consistent than the 2020 version, but admits its decision to give him the older machine in the first place made him feel devalued.

“Huge congratulations to the team, huge thanks to Yamaha as well who supplied me with a good package, even though I can’t hide that I was feeling maybe the fourth strongest this year,” he said after finishing third in Portugal last month.

“In the beginning of the year we were able to exploit the maximum from what we had and actually it came out very good, very well.

“We did a very good job and it’s definitely a year I’m going to remember and it’s definitely a year where I learned a lot and I learned that putting a lot of work in pays off.”

When asked by Autosport if he felt Yamaha underestimated his abilities, Morbidelli didn’t believe this was the case – just that he was rated lowest by the marque out of Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi.

“Yeah, I don’t feel underestimated,” he said. “I just know that in Yamaha there are three strong riders and the choice of who to give what is very difficult, because all the riders in Yamaha are very, very strong, so I didn’t feel like I’m underestimated.

“I just had the lowest, maybe, rating inside Yamaha’s understanding, let’s say.

“I hope that this championship will make my rating and level grow inside Yamaha’s judgement. That’s what I hope.

“But I didn’t feel underestimated. No, it’s just that in Yamaha there is a great rivalry and a great level between the riders.

“All riders in Yamaha are super, super strong. Valentino has a huge experience and he’s super good in riding and setting up the bike.

“Fabio is super-fast and Maverick as well is super-fast. So, it’s a great battle between the riders because these riders are very strong.

“I didn’t feel underestimated, I just felt maybe the last one [within the marque] but that’s OK.”

Morbidelli will remain as the only Yamaha rider without current factory machinery in 2021 despite being its top rider this year.

[ad_2]

Source link

Read More 

Aston Martin retains Vettel, Stroll for 2022 F1 season

Aston Martin retains Vettel, Stroll for 2022 F1 season

A further piece of the puzzle has now been slotted into place with the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team announcing its 2022 driver line-up. The Silverstone-based outfit will retain its current driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll next year when...

Higher degradation then expected at the Italian Grand Prix

Higher degradation then expected at the Italian Grand Prix

When it came to race result, the Italian Grand Prix produced an unexpected and surprising result thanks to the dramatic crash between the championship protagonists Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. However, when it came to the tyre performance, the 71st race at Monza...

Teams’ reactions after the controversial Italian Grand Prix

Teams’ reactions after the controversial Italian Grand Prix

Round 14 of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship saw Red Bull and Mercedes continue their fierce fight for both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship title. However, the Italian Grand Prix was difficult not only for the two leading teams, but for the...

Ricciardo leads McLaren 1-2 at Monza as title contenders clash

Ricciardo leads McLaren 1-2 at Monza as title contenders clash

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has won the Italian Grand Prix ahead of team mate Lando Norris. As both title contenders again clashed and retired from the race, Valtteri Bottas had a brilliant recovery to finish third after starting from the back of the pack.

Leave a comment.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *