Morbidelli “questioning myself” before losing Yamaha MotoGP seat

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Morbidelli expressed uncertainty about his future before losing his Yamaha MotoGP seat to Alex Rins from LCR Honda for the next season. He has been associated with Yamaha since 2019 and joined the Petronas SRT satellite squad after making his premier class debut with Marc VDS Honda in 2018.

Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Morbidelli admitted that their performance was not up to par, and the talks of Yamaha engaging with other riders reduced his confidence. He questioned whether he wanted to continue with Yamaha, but the team’s decision to replace him with Rins made the situation clearer for him. Although currently without a seat for the next year, he sees it as an extra motivation for the rest of this season.

Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis stated that the team made the decision to change riders, and it might work well for both parties as a change of scene and motivation could benefit the rider and the team.

Morbidelli, who is a protege of Valentino Rossi, hopes to remain in MotoGP next year, with the possibility of joining the VR46 team if Marco Bezzecchi moves to another Ducati team, as rumored. He aims to replicate his success in 2020, where he finished second in the championship with three wins.

Despite the challenges and receiving sympathetic looks from people, Morbidelli is determined to give his best effort. Being a free agent now serves as an additional motivation for him.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MotoGP

Q: Who is Franco Morbidelli and what has been his association with Yamaha?

A: Franco Morbidelli is an Italian MotoGP rider. He joined Yamaha in 2019, riding for the Petronas SRT satellite squad after making his premier class debut with Marc VDS Honda in 2018.

Q: Why is Morbidelli losing his Yamaha MotoGP seat?

A: Yamaha has decided to replace Morbidelli with Alex Rins from LCR Honda for the next season. The team made this decision as they felt it was time to make a change.

Q: How has Morbidelli reacted to losing his seat?

A: Morbidelli has been questioning his future before the team’s decision, but he acknowledges that the team’s move to sign Alex Rins makes things clearer for him. He sees this as motivation for the rest of the current season.

Q: What are Morbidelli’s plans for the future in MotoGP?

A: Despite losing his seat, Morbidelli hopes to stay in MotoGP and possibly join the VR46 team if Marco Bezzecchi moves to another Ducati team. He aims to repeat his success from 2020, where he finished second in the championship with three wins.

Q: How does Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis view the rider change?

A: Lin Jarvis believes the change could work well for both parties. Changing the scene and motivation can be beneficial for the rider as well as the team if performance is not up to par.

Q: How does Morbidelli feel about the current situation?

A: Morbidelli admits that it hasn’t been easy, and he received sympathetic looks from people. However, being a free agent now serves as additional motivation for him to perform well.

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