Motorcycles "Magic modification" helped Morbidelli to Jerez MotoGP podium
Petronas SRT unveils 2021 MotoGP livery with Rossi and Morbidelli
Petronas SRT has become the latest MotoGP team to unveil the livery its 2021 challengers will race in the new season with revised line-up Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi. © Petronas Yamaha SRT Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT The 2021 season will be SRT’s third in the premier class, the Yamaha satellite team in its short tenure already a six-time race winner. Last year, Morbidelli won three times on his way to runner-up spot in the championship, and ended up just 13 points behind title winner Joan Mir.
Franco Morbidelli says a "magic modification" from his Petronas SRT crew chief rewarded him with his first MotoGP podium of 2021 in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
The 2020 championship runner-up endured a torrid start to the year in Qatar, but was a factor in the Portimao podium battle in fourth two weeks ago.
At Jerez, having qualified second, Morbidelli struggled to run the pace of Yamaha stablemate Fabio Quartararo and eventual winner Jack Miller early on.
But an arm-pump issue for Quartararo offered Morbidelli a podium shot, with the Italian ending up third behind Miller and his Ducati teammate Francesco Bagnaia.
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.
He says a change to his two-year-old M1 in warm-up on Sunday offered him better grip for the race, which he could use to ride "aggressively".
"It was an incredible race," Morbidelli said. "I pushed so hard throughout all the race, very few braking zones I was sure I was going to stop.
"All the other ones were question marks. But finally, I was able to gain and give that extra with this kind of effort. We were finally rewarded with this podium. The team also did a wonderful job.
"Ramon [Forcada] did his last magic modification this morning and I was able to increase my feeling on the bike a little bit more and I was able to ride it really strong and aggressively.
Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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"I'm really pleased with the result and I'm happy. We increased the grip this morning and it paid off. It really paid off.
"I felt in the race there was less grip but finally the modification we did allowed us to not feel it so much."
Morbidelli has not hidden his dissatisfaction at his bike situation in 2021, having been forced to remain with the older 'A-spec' M1.
This made his Jerez podium "wonderful", especially as MotoGP has become "harder this year".
"Feels wonderful to be on the podium with what we have," he added. "The championship got harder this year, for sure, and we needed to step up our game in order to stay in a similar position to last year.
"And I think we are doing that by going outside of our comfort zone, trying to risk a lot. But it paid off in Portimao and it's paying off today and I'm really enjoying this moment."
Jorge Lorenzo: "Yamaha treats Franco Morbidelli not optimal" .
© gp-fever.de Jorge Lorenzo does not understand why Franco Morbidelli no 2021er-Yamaha gets Although Franco Morbidelli was in the MotoGP season 2020 the best-placed Yamaha pilot , the Italian did not get an upgrade for 2021. Morbidelli has to satisfy itself in the current season with his 2019er machine. Ex-Champion Jorge Lorenzo criticizes Yamaha for this strategy.