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Franco Morbidelli

  • Team Petronas Yamaha SRT
  • Nation Italy
  • Date of birth 04/12/1994
  • Place of birth Roma, Italy
The most successful graduate of Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riding Academy, Franco Morbidelli was the first member of the organisation to be drafted onto the MotoGP™ grid.
Franco Morbidelli

After winning the 2017 Moto2™ world title with the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS squad, the laidback Italian made the switch to the premier class under the same banner in 2018, where his consistency and level head earned him the coveted Rookie of the Year trophy.

Morbidelli won the 2013 Superstock 600 title when he was just 19 years old and, after a handful of wildcard rides in the Moto2™ category the same year, made his season debut on prototype machinery in 2014 riding for the Italtrans racing squad.

After a year of adapting to non-production machinery, he scored his first podium in 2015 before maturing into a consistent podium challenger in 2016, where he finished the series in fourth.

Although supremely consistent, finishing out of the top 10 on just three occasions during the 2016 season, his maiden Grand Prix victory did not come until 2017. He won four of the first five races, would go on to win four more and become the first VR46 academy student to win a Grand Prix world title.

With factory Yamaha machinery at his disposal in 2019, the Italian has shown great potential in the premier class. Despite often being overshadowed by his rookie teammate, Morbidelli scored a string of top-10 finishes to finish 10th overall.

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