In June 2021, Franco Morbidelli injured his knee in training. The result was quite fatal because he had to miss several races.
Despite having surgery on his knee, Morbidelli’s condition is still not fully recovered. This raises the question of whether he can return to perform optimally in the MotoGP event next year.
Franco Morbidelli doesn’t know when he will recover : Morbidelli also cannot say for sure whether he can fully recover when the 2022 MotoGP begins. Although he is still trying to get back to normal as soon as possible.
“I’m trying to recover 100 per cent from this leg injury. It’s not easy to say when I can return to my best. However, I did my best and we will see how I am in February. I will do my best to prepare myself at the start of the season,” he said as quoted by Visordown .
Pre-season tests are held in January and February : Referring to the provisional schedule that has been issued by MotoGP, there will be several pre-season tests in January and February 2022. The first is the shakedown test on January 31—February 2 at Sepang.
Followed by the next test, still in Sepang, which is scheduled for 5-6 February. There will also be a test at the Mandalika Circuit on 11-13 February. Meanwhile, the first MotoGP race series will take place on March 6-8 in Qatar.
Morbidelli’s injury has been around since June this season : Morbidelli’s knee injury occurred while he was training before participating in the Dutch Grand Prix. The recovery took quite a while. He was only able to return to the racing series at Misano. In total, he spent 3 months resting without riding a motorbike.
During that recovery period, Morbidelli, who was previously in the Petronas SRT team, was promoted to the factory Yamaha team following the departure of Maverick Vinales. However, the conditions that have not recovered made his performance with the factory team not optimal.
Franco Morbidelli is now in the role of a factory team driver : This Italian racer is still recovering and does not know when he can optimize the performance of the Yamaha YZR-M1. In fact, one of the roles of factory racers is to develop motorcycle performance.
Even so, Fanco Morbidelli still has a contract with Yamaha until the end of 2023. Therefore, he will not be concerned with the issue of contract renewal as experienced by most other riders.
Not only Morbidelli, several other MotoGP riders also suffered injuries : Morbidelli is not the only driver who is beset with uncertainty due to injury conditions. Several other riders experienced the same thing, such as Marc Marquez at Honda and Jorge Martin at Ducati.
Marquez is still recovering after he suffered from diplopia again. While Martin has just had surgery to recover from the injury he has suffered since the early series Portimao.
Franco Morbidelli himself is an Italian racer whose performance is eagerly awaited. As Valentino Rossi’s oldest student, Morbidelli’s presence on the circuit will make racing even more competitive. There is still time until February so that his condition can return to 100 percent.