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Catalunya Calling for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT

Catalunya Calling for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT

This weekend sees Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

There will be no rest for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s MotoGP riders, as they head straight to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which now features a modified Turn 10. This weekend will see Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi tackle the CatalanGP, the second of two back-to-back MotoGP rounds.

Morbidelli will be looking to put the disappointing result of his home GP behind him, where he was forced off track to avoid another rider’s incident, and heads to the CatalanGP hopeful that he can make a good comeback. The Italian will be looking to replicate his success at the circuit from last year, where he secured pole position and was in the fight for the podium – ultimately crossing the line fourth. Franco is yet to step foot on the Barcelona-Catalunya rostrum and will be a target he is clearly aiming for this weekend. After falling one place to ninth in the World Championship, Morbidelli will also be looking to reclaim positions and propel himself up the table again.

Fresh from taking his first top-ten finish of the season last time out in Mugello, Rossi will be hoping to maintain the positive momentum at the CatalanGP this weekend. Although the Italian did not have the best of races at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in 2020, he did start from the front row and was battling for the win, until a crash curtailed his race. Rossi’s Catalunya stats also include four pole positions, 14 podiums and seven victories in the MotoGP/500cc era. With the riders ahead of him separated by only a few points in the championship standings, Rossi will also be hoping to move himself higher than his current 19th place this weekend.

Morbidelli and Rossi’s Free Practice 1 session on Friday will commence at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT), with Sunday’s 24-lap MotoGP race due to get underway one hour earlier than usual at 1pm local time (7pm MYT).

Franco Morbidelli

"Barcelona is another historical track and I hope that it will be good for us. Last year we were fast there, I took the pole position and so we have a good indication for our set from the 2020 race weekend. I expect that we can be on the same level as last year. I don’t know if it will be enough to be on top, as it is quite a tricky track, but we will try to do the best job that we can there. I’m really looking forward to facing another race this weekend."

Valentino Rossi

"The Barcelona track is one of my favourites and I always really enjoy riding there. It’s a great place and I have some very good memories from it. So I’m positive ahead of the upcoming CatalanGP, because we also improved throughout the weekend in Mugello, I was able to do some overtakes and, in the end, I finished inside the top-ten. The result still isn’t what we really wanted but we are improving and it is good to head to this next race with some points. We hope to bring this positivity to Barcelona, to continue improving and see what we can do."