Franco Morbidelli

Full Name: 
Franco Morbidelli
Birth Date: 
4 December, 1994
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Franco Morbidelli Biography

At 18, Franco Morbidelli began to catch the eye by winning the European Superstock 600 championship in 2013 which led to the Italian-Brazilian rider securing his Moto2 debut as a replacement rider at Gresini.

Morbidelli made the full-time Moto2 switch in 2014 with the Italtrans Racing Team and after an unspectacular start he enjoyed a breakthrough race with a charge to sixth place at Sachsenring to trigger a run of top-10 finishes to end the year 11th in the championship standings.

A year later Morbidelli made his Moto2 podium debut with third place at Indianapolis but had his campaign stalled when he suffered a broken right tibia and fibia while training before the British round. The injury ruled him out of four rounds but he did return for the final three races to secure 10th place in the standings.

A move to the front-running Marc VDS squad in 2016 provided Morbidelli with a key year in his career which included eight podiums – five of them coming in the final five races – to see him become a title favourite for 2017.

The Italian lived up the billing with four wins from the opening five rounds to take control of the Moto2 title race. Wins followed at Assen, Sachsenring, Austria and Aragon allowing him to wrap up the title with a round to spare at Sepang when final championship rival Thomas Luthi was ruled out by injury.

Morbidelli duly secured a step-up to MotoGP with Marc VDS Honda after winning the Moto2 world title and despite unfavoured machinery he came out as top rookie in 2018. The Italian’s charge to eighth place at Phillip Island was the standout moment of a consistent debut season in the premier class.

He was rewarded with a move to the new Petronas Yamaha squad for 2019, with the Italian becoming a consistent top 10 contender in his second season in MotoGP. After shaking off an unfortunate clash with factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales at the second round in Argentina, Morbidelli impressed with fifth place at COTA.

Morbidelli followed that up with a maiden front row start, behind pole-sitting team-mate Fabio Quartararo at Jerez, with the Italian going on to record 11 top 10 finishes as he ended the season in 10th place in the final standings. Morbidelli sticks with Petronas Yamaha for 2020 looking to continue to climb up the MotoGP pecking order.