Franco Morbidelli Determines to Challenge Pecco Bagnaia, Anticipates Friendship Changes


Monster Energy Yamaha racer , Franco Morbidelli , really wants to give his good friend Francesco Bagnaia a fierce challenge in the fight for the 2022 MotoGP title . This was stated by Morbidelli to Corsedimoto, Monday (27/12/2021), considering that now both are the same -sama once tasted runner-up rank.

Morbidelli and Bagnaia, who are both Valentino Rossi’s protégés at the VR46 Riders Academy, were runners up in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Both of them are also equally rated by Rossi as the two toughest Italian riders in MotoGP at the moment, and have the potential to fiercely fighting for the world title.

Earlier this season, Morbidelli became one of the favorites to win. Unfortunately, technical problems at the Petronas Yamaha SRT and an old injury that recurred made the chances disappear. He had to miss five races after meniscus surgery and left knee ACL. Uniquely, during his recovery, he was asked to move to Monster Energy Yamaha to replace Maverick Vinales.

Take Lessons from the Dark Moments of 2021
Morbidelli also regrets his prolonged injury, but is also wise to learn a lesson. However, the difficulties I experienced were actually good for developing, in order to become a more professional person,” he said.

“I’ve been suffering from this injury for a long time, I couldn’t take it anymore, and finally decided on surgery. At the same time, a new challenge was presented to me: moving to the factory team and building 2022-2023 starting this year. It’s a big challenge,” he continued. This racer who is also the 2017 Moto2 world champion.

Now Morbidelli’s condition continues to improve, and he hopes to be fully fit by early 2022. Finally getting the latest factory-spec YZR-M1 motorbike, he also hopes to get another chance to fight for the world title, even though it means he also has to fight his tandem, Fabio Quartararo, and his best friend, Bagnaia.

Sure Bitter Rivalry Won’t Make You Comfortable
Morbidelli admits that he has had a good relationship with Bagnaia, even though their friendship is not as close as Rossi’s. He hopes that this relationship will not change if they really have to have a fierce duel on the track. However, this Brazilian-blooded Italian rider is already square off if their friendship changes one day.

“There’s a good relationship with Pecco. We’ve known each other since he was 14 and I was 16. We used to be roommates too. Now our relationship has changed, though not much. Compared to Vale, he’s more introverted, there’s no direct challenge in his moments. certain moments. But we are clear rivals on the track, no mercy,” he said.

“We’re both lucky to have a good relationship off the track without being forced. We’ll see how things go, although I think everything will be the same. But I hope to be able to fight for the title with Pecco, because for sure the sensation is different. The challenge between two riders from the same origin Obviously it won’t be comfortable, but it will be beautiful,” concluded Morbidelli.