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.
Franco now joins up with the ambitious PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team for 2019, as he sets more lofty targets in his second season at the elite level of motorcycle racing.
|Date of birth:||04-12-1994|
|Weight (kg)||64 kg|
|First Grand Prix:||San Marino GP 2013 (Moto2)|
|2019:||MotoGP World Championship - Petronas Yamaha SRT Team|
|2018:||15th, MotoGP World Championship|
|2017:||Champion, Moto2 World Championship|
|2016:||4th, 11th, Moto2 World Championship|
|2015:||10th, Moto2 World Championship|
|2014:||11th, Moto2 World Championship|
|2013:||Champion, European SuperStock 600cc|
|2013:||31st, Moto2 World Championship (3 races)|
|2012:||6th, European SuperStock 600cc|
|2011:||17th, European SuperStock 600cc|