For his slick performance in the 2020 season, Franco Morbidelli will actually be given the latest spec YZR-M1 Motorbike for the upcoming MotoGP 2021 edition, but for some reason Yamaha has canceled the plan.
Previously, it should be noted that at the 2020 MotoGP event, the Italian riders only used the 2019 version of the YZR-m1, while the other three riders including Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi used the 2020 version of the M1 Motorbike.
But surprisingly, it was Franco Morbidelli who won the best results from four Yamaha riders. The racer who graduated from the VR46 academy managed to become the runner up in the competition at the end of the season.
Well, actually after the victory he won in the San Marino series, Morbidelli had asked Yamaha to provide the 2020 version of the M1 Motorbike. However, at that time Yamaha refused it due to the Corona pandemic reason.
At that time, Morbidelli, who only worked in the satellite team, felt reluctant and continued his good performance with the 2019 YZR-m1. However, the results were as we said before, he managed to finish in 2nd place in the final standings.
Well, after seeing the results at the end of the season, Lin Jarvis as Managing Director of Yamaha then proposed that Morbidelli get the 2021 version of the motorbike for the next 2021 season.
Unfortunately, this proposal was finally rejected by Yamaha again. They also argued that the Corona Virus pandemic still made the club’s financial condition unstable.
This was revealed by Lin Jarvis himself as Managing Director of Yamaha. He also personally regretted this fact.
“I agree with those who think that he deserves the newest factory bike, and in normal situations, he will definitely get it. However, Covid-19 has changed many things,”
“The factory M1 motorbike is more expensive than Franco’s current Spec-A motorbike, and it is not possible for us to find money or provide a fourth motorbike in such a short time. But very confident that Franco will have a very bright future,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, starting next season Franco Morbidelli will team up with his mentor, Valentino Rossi on the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team.