PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Franco Morbidelli ended the 2020 season second in the MotoGP championship with his fifth MotoGP podium, after finishing third at the Portuguese GP, and claimed the Independent Team Rider title. Team-mate Fabio Quartararo crossed the Algarve International Circuit finish line 14th, in his 100th GP appearance. In only it’s second year in the premier class, the Malaysian squad also ended the season second in the teams’ championship.
Morbidelli had a good start to the final MotoGP race of 2020, holding on to his second place in the opening laps. The Italian held station with Jack Miller behind, putting space between them and the riders behind, but was unable to close the gap to the race leader. Franco was able to keep the chasing Miller behind him until the final lap, when another intense battle ensued between the pair. Unfortunately Morbidelli was unable to hold him off and crossed the line third, taking his fifth MotoGP podium, ending the season second in the championship with 158 points and claiming the Independent Team Rider title - the second year in a row a PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider has secured this title.
Team-mate Quartararo experienced mechanical problems at the race start, which saw him drop from fifth on the grid to eighth in the opening corners. The Frenchman moved up to seventh on the second lap, but found himself one place back again on the following lap. Despite battling hard with those around him, Fabio started to lose positions as the laps counted down. Battling arm pump, Quartararo was able to recover slightly in the closing laps to finish his 100th GP 14th, ending the season eighth in the championship standings with 127 points.
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT, who ended the season second in the MotoGP teams’ championship with 248 points, will now enjoy a well-deserved rest, before the squad starts to prepare for the 2021 season.