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Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli’s passion for motorcycles comes from his father Livio, an Italian ex-rider, who built his son his first bike when he was just two years old. The Morbidellis then moved to Pesaro, near Tavullia, where Franco’s education continued in the smaller Italian categories and after two years of success he spent a season racing in Spain in the Cuna de Campeones series. His next step was to move up to the European Superstock 600 Championship, winning the title in 2013.

Morbidelli’s good results in that series opened the door for three wildcard rides in the Moto2 World Championship in 2013, in San Marino, Japan and Valencia. The following season he was offered a full-time spot in the series, making gradual progress before finishing fourth in 2016 and then, after taking eight wins and twelve podiums, being crowned Moto2 World Champion in 2017.

Following his success in the Moto2 class, Morbidelli earned a shot in the MotoGP World Championship in 2018, showing his ability over the course of a positive season, which he ended on a high at Valencia when he secured of Rookie of the Year.

Morbidelli joined the ambitious PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team for 2019, setting loftier targets in his second season at the elite level of motorcycle racing. He made regular top six appearances throughout the year, improving from a difficult start of the year to take three front row starts and a career-best finish of fifth twice.

Staying with the same team and stablemate Fabio Quartararo for 2020, Morbidelli will be targeting the podium for the first time and seeking to challenge for big points at every round.

 

Personal Details:

Date of birth: 04-12-1994
Nationality: Italy
Height: 176 cm
Weight (kg): 64 kg

Total Races: 106 (35 x MotoGP, 71 x Moto2)

Victories: 8 (8 x Moto2)

Pole positions: 6 (6 x Moto2)

Podiums: 21 (21 x Moto2)

First Grand Prix: San Marino, 2018 (Moto3)

First Pole position: 2017


Career Summary:

2019: 10th, MotoGP World Championship - Petronas Yamaha SRT

2018: 15th, MotoGP World Championship

2018: 15th, MotoGP World Championship

2017: Champion, Moto2 World Championship

2017: Champion, Moto2 World Championship

2016: 4th, 11th, Moto2 World Championship

2016: 4th, 11th, Moto2 World Championship

2015: 10th, Moto2 World Championship

2015: 10th, Moto2 World Championship

2014: 11th, Moto2 World Championship

2014: 11th, Moto2 World Championship

2013: Champion, European SuperStock 600cc

2013: 31st, Moto2 World Championship (3 races)

2013: Champion, European SuperStock 600cc2013:31st, Moto2 World Championship (3 races)

2012: 6th, European SuperStock 600cc2012:6th, European SuperStock 600cc

2011: 17th, European SuperStock 600cc

2011: 17th, European SuperStock 600cc