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Moto GP GP Denomination No Sponsor Australia main 18-20 October


Franco Morbidelli

  • Team Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™
  • Bike Yamaha
  • Nation Italy
  • Date of birth 04/12/1994
  • Place of birth Rome, Italy
  • Debut Qatar, 2018 (Honda)
Franco Morbidelli's sunny disposition makes him a popular member of the paddock wherever MotoGP's roadshow goes, but there have been times over the past two seasons where his countenance couldn't hide the frustration inside.
Franco Morbidelli
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Stats
Races: 2
Best Qualifying: 11th (2019)
Best Race Result: 8th (2018)
Podiums: 0

The Italian, runner-up to Joan Mir in the COVID-curtailed, Marc Marquez-less 2020 campaign, never really got the chance for an encore performance in 2021. A left knee injury sustained in a training accident saw him miss five races after surgery, and he rode with discomfort and unfamiliarity when he returned, slotting in alongside former teammate Fabio Quartararo at the top Yamaha team following Maverick Vinales' departure.

'Franky' hasn’t yet hit the heights of his junior-class days in Australia on a MotoGP bike, but he's never had a weapon like a factory YZR-M1 to fight with at the Island either. Expectations – for him and his team – will be high at a track right in his sweet spot.