Morbidelli’s Yamaha MotoGP upgrades “substantial” for 2021

Franco Morbidelli believes the "substantial" upgrades to his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ Yamaha MotoGP bike have resolved a number of the issues he had in 2020.

Morbidelli’s Yamaha MotoGP upgrades “substantial” for 2021

The three-time MotoGP race winner will once again race on the older ‘A-spec’ version of Yamaha’s MotoGP challenger in 2021, despite ending last season as its top rider in second in the championship.

The bike Morbidelli rode last year was essentially a slightly modified 2019 M1, but Yamaha brought upgrades to the bike for Qatar pre-season testing – which came as a “great surprise” to the Italian.

Morbidelli’s package proved to be more consistent in 2020, though he still encountered some issues with his bike at certain races.

When asked by Motorsport.com after testing if he was confident his upgraded bike solved some of the issues he had last year, Morbidelli replied: “Well, yes because they were pretty simple, pretty substantial and in pretty easy directions.

“So, I think the updates that Yamaha brought, they will work also in the other tracks.

“This is what I think and what I hope at the same time.”

Yamaha bosses explained last month during the Japanese marque’s factory team launch event that the 2021 chassis would be closer in spec to that which Morbidelli has been riding.

Read Also:

Morbidelli ended pre-season testing in Qatar fourth overall and just 0.140 seconds off the pace, trailing both factory Yamaha team riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo.

Summarising the test, Morbidelli said: “I’m pretty happy, I feel ready enough.

“Of course, I could be better, but the situation is already good. So, I’m happy about the situation.

“There are things that can improve on the bike, but we need to see with time.

“We need to see how the weekend will be. So, the weekend is going to be difficult, I’m going to go for the positions I think that can be my target.

“So, top spots because in this test I felt pretty fast, I had a good pace and I had good speed overall.

“I think we can go into the weekend aiming for good positions, but of course the conditions could change and could change the situation we had in the test and last year.

“But at the moment I feel quite ok, quite ready and energised quite a lot to jump into the race weekend already.”

PRIME:

shares
comments

Related video

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

Previous article

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

Next article

Marquez to miss Qatar MotoGP season opener

Marquez to miss Qatar MotoGP season opener
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021