Motorcycles Qatar MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP1 as Miller crashes
Morbidelli: Ayrton Senna's personality "a light that I follow"
MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli tells the story of how his admiration for Brazil's Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna began. The 2020 MotoGP season is behind Franco Morbidelli World Champion Joan Mir (Suzuki) finished as Vice World Champion. This made him the best-placed Yamaha rider as well as the best-placed driver who did not compete for a thoroughbred factory team. Morbidelli has officially won the title of pilot with the highest points in a satellite team.
Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli led Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro in the opening MotoGP practice of 2021 at the Qatar Grand Prix, as pre-race favourite Jack Miller on the Ducati crashed.
Miller picked up where he left off testing by topping the early part of FP1 with a 1m56.160s, while fellow Ducati rider Johann Zarco became the first crasher of the 2021 season when he slid off his Pramac GP21 at Turn 4.
Turn 4 would catch out Miller with 23 minutes of the session remaining, the Australian having a similar crash to Zarco in losing the front-end under braking for the right-hander.
Morbidelli: "Wear the load, one of the favorites, like"
© Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli dares 2021 a similar power like 2020 to the past MotoGP season castle Franco Morbidelli as a vice-world champion and So that strongest Yamaha driver off. Also 2021 is the Petronas Pilot, which continues to drive an older version of the Yamaha M1, to the narrower favorite circle. "I am ready for this first grand prix of the year. I feel really good.
Top spot changed hands a number of times across the early part of the session as the riders cleared the desert dust from the Losail track, Honda’s Pol Espargaro trading first place with his Aprilia-mounted brother Aleix, Yamaha duo Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales, and Francesco Bagnaia on the works team Ducati.
Morbidelli took over top spot with a 1m55.266s with just under 15 minutes of the session gone, before improving that to a 1m55.092s around 15 minutes later.
The SRT rider’s time finally fell in the dying stages when Espargaro powered his Aprilia to a 1m55.046s.
But this was to be short-lived, as Morbidelli produced the first sub 1m55s lap of the weekend on his ‘A-spec’ Yamaha with a 1m54.921s.
Espargaro shadowed him by 0.125 seconds, with Miller completing the top three having regrouped from his earlier spill.
Petronas-Yamaha: Does Rossi and Morbidelli succeed in compensation?
Valentino Rossi brings magere four points and Franco Morbidelli goes completely empty: After the flap at the start, the Petronas pilots hope for improvement The Petronas Yamaha team experienced a disappointing season opener last weekend. After the good qualifying of Valentino Rossi and the strong Longruns of Franco Morbidelli in training and testing team boss Razlan Razali was able to make hope for podium places of his drivers.
Quartararo fired in a late 1m55.213s to end his first session as a factory team Yamaha rider fourth ahead of reigning world champion Joan Mir, who leaped up to fifth at the end on his Suzuki.
These improvements shuffled Vinales – who is without his crew chief until at least Sunday following a reactive COVID test - back to sixth ahead of the Suzuki of Alex Rins, while Bagnaia ended FP1 eighth.
Valentino Rossi was just 0.498s off the pace in ninth at the end of his first official race weekend session as a Petronas SRT rider, while KTM’s Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top 10.
LCR’s Alex Marquez – who is also without his crew chief to start the weekend – headed his teammate Takaaki Nakagami in 11th, while Zarco recovered to 13th after his crash.
Pol Espargaro fell from his factory Honda at Turn 6 midway through the session, ending the first session 15th behind temporary teammate Stefan Bradl.
Yamaha updating Morbidelli's MotoGP bike "a great surprise"
Franco Morbidelli admits Yamaha bringing updates for him to try on his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ MotoGP bike was “a great surprise” for him in the Qatar test. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT Morbidelli was Yamaha's top rider in 2020, winning three races and finishing runner-up in the world championship despite riding what was essentially the 2019 M1. Despite his efforts, Morbidelli was not given factory machinery for 2021 and remains on the 'A-spec' bike.
Enea Bastianini was the only other faller in the session, the Avintia rookie and reigning Moto2 world champion sliding off on the fast approach to Turn 1.
He walked away unscathed and ended the afternoon 18th behind fellow rookie and teammate Luca Marini.
MotoGP in Barcelona FT3: Yamaha double top - Rossi directly in Q2 .
© Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli secured in the third MotoGP training scarce the best time Yamaha double tip in the third free workout of the MotoGP : Petronas-Pilot Franco Morbidelli Marked on Saturday morning in Barcelona a new best time of 1: 38.929 minutes and referred Yamaha Werkspilot Fabio Quartararo to just two place. Miguel Oliveira secured and KTM three.