Runner up of 2020 MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli was very enthusiastic about the arrival of his new colleague and mentor, Valentino Rossi. He believes that Rossi’s presence will be an injection of enthusiasm for the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team.
In fact, the figure of Valentino Rossi is very familiar to Franco Morbidelli, in fact he has known The Doctor since he was 10 years old by being part of the VR46 academy.
Not only about motorbikes, he even considered Rossi like his own brother, because The Doctor guided him in his daily life since his father died.
Well, Rossi himself is certain to be part of the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team in the upcoming 2021 season along with his contract with the Monster Energy Yamaha Team which ended last year.
It is believed that Morbidelli’s arrival will have a very positive impact, where people will be more enthusiastic about working.
“Obviously, people will be more excited to work with Vale. He’s a legend and our team members will work even more passionately because that’s what Vale always gives to the people around him.”
“Vale will give extra motivation to the people around him just by being himself,” he said.
During his work and received guidance from Dar Rossi, Morbidelli admitted that he had studied the 42-year-old rider.
“You subconsciously learn who they are, their behavior, and how they deal with situations. When you spend a lot of time together, people’s personalities usually stick together.”
“I don’t want to say I have a Vale-like personality, but obviously I have some similar behavior based on his character,” continued Morbidelli.
It is not yet known, what is the duration of the contract that Rossi agreed with the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team.
What is clear, next season he will still get a factory-spec YZR-M1 ride in 2020, as used by Two Riders of the Monster Energy Yamaha Team, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo.
Meanwhile, Franco Morbidelli will continue to use the ride in the 2020 season, namely the 2019 version of the YZR-M1, even though last season he managed to finish as runner-up in the final standings.