- Team Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™
- Nation Italy
- Date of birth 04/12/1994
- Place of birth Rome, Italy
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.