Riders and Teams 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.

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.

Personal Profile

Franco  Morbidelli
Date of birth:04-12-1994
Nationality:Italy
Height:176 cm
Weight (kg)64 kg
Marital state:N.A.
Victories:8
Pole positions:6
Podiums:21
Wins:8
First Grand Prix:San Marino GP 2013 (Moto2)

Career highlights

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