Morbidelli’s Yamaha MotoGP upgrades “substantial” for 2021


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The three-time MotoGP race winner will as soon as once more race on the older ‘A-spec’ model of Yamaha’s MotoGP challenger in 2021, regardless of ending final season as its high rider in second within the championship.

The bike Morbidelli rode final 12 months was primarily a barely modified 2019 M1, however Yamaha introduced upgrades to the bike for Qatar pre-season testing – which got here as a “nice shock” to the Italian.

Morbidelli’s package deal proved to be extra constant in 2020, although he nonetheless encountered some points together with his bike at sure races.

When requested by Autosport after testing if he was assured his upgraded bike solved among the points he had final 12 months, Morbidelli replied: “Effectively, sure as a result of they have been fairly easy, fairly substantial and in fairly straightforward instructions.

“So, I believe the updates that Yamaha introduced, they may work additionally within the different tracks.

“That is what I believe and what I hope on the identical time.”

Yamaha bosses defined final month throughout the Japanese marque’s manufacturing unit group launch occasion that the 2021 chassis could be nearer in spec to that which Morbidelli has been using.

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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Morbidelli ended pre-season testing in Qatar fourth total and simply 0.140 seconds off the tempo, trailing each manufacturing unit Yamaha group riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo.

Summarising the take a look at, Morbidelli mentioned: “I’m fairly completely satisfied, I really feel prepared sufficient.

“After all, I may very well be higher, however the state of affairs is already good. So, I’m completely satisfied concerning the state of affairs.

“There are issues that may enhance on the bike, however we have to see with time.

“We have to see how the weekend shall be. So, the weekend goes to be troublesome, I’m going to go for the positions I believe that may be my goal.

“So, high spots as a result of on this take a look at I felt fairly quick, I had an excellent tempo and I had good pace total.

“I believe we will go into the weekend aiming for good positions, however after all the circumstances may change and will change the state of affairs we had within the take a look at and final 12 months.

“However in the mean time I really feel fairly okay, fairly prepared and energised quite a bit to leap into the race weekend already.”



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