Franco Morbidelli

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Full Name : Franco Morbidelli

Country : Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

Career Statistics

Championships : 1 | Races : 173 | Poles : 8 | Wins : 11



Franco Morbidelli’s transition to Pramac Ducati for the 2024 season marks a significant shift in his MotoGP career, stepping away from the Yamaha M1 for the first time since 2018. Signed to a one-year deal, Morbidelli will ride aboard full factory machinery as he seeks to rejuvenate his career after facing challenges over the past three seasons.

At the age of 18, Franco Morbidelli began to make waves by clinching the European Superstock 600 championship in 2013, earning him a Moto2 debut as a replacement rider at Gresini.

His full-time Moto2 campaign commenced in 2014 with the Italtrans Racing Team, initially showing promise with a breakthrough sixth-place finish at Sachsenring, followed by consistent top-10 results to end the season in 11th place.

Morbidelli’s trajectory continued in 2015 with his debut Moto2 podium at Indianapolis, although his momentum was disrupted by a broken right tibia and fibula during training. Despite missing four rounds due to injury, he secured 10th place in the championship standings.

A pivotal move to the Marc VDS squad in 2016 propelled Morbidelli to new heights, with eight podium finishes, including a dominant run of five podiums in the final five races. This success positioned him as a title favorite for the 2017 Moto2 season.

The Italian lived up to expectations with a commanding performance, securing the Moto2 title with four wins in the opening five rounds and maintaining his dominance throughout the season. His title triumph was sealed with a round to spare at Sepang.

Morbidelli’s MotoGP journey began in 2018 with Marc VDS Honda after clinching the Moto2 world title. Despite facing challenges with less competitive machinery, he emerged as the top rookie, highlighted by an impressive eighth-place finish at Phillip Island.

In 2019, Morbidelli secured a move to the new Petronas Yamaha squad, showcasing consistent top-10 performances in his second MotoGP season. Notable achievements included a maiden front-row start at Jerez and 11 top-10 finishes, concluding the season in 10th place overall.

The following year, Morbidelli faced technical and physical setbacks but demonstrated resilience with a maiden victory at Misano and two subsequent wins. Despite finishing as the championship runner-up, he encountered challenges with the 2019-spec Yamaha M1, compounded by a knee injury that required surgery.

In 2021, Morbidelli’s hopes were high for a strong comeback with the factory Yamaha team. However, technical issues and ongoing recovery from his injury hindered his performance. A mid-season reshuffle saw him promoted to the factory team for the final races, setting the stage for his transition to Pramac Ducati.

Joining Pramac Ducati in 2024, Morbidelli aims to revitalize his career alongside teammate Jorge Martin, bringing his experience and determination to the Italian squad. Despite sustaining injuries during pre-season testing, Morbidelli remains poised to make a strong impact aboard the Ducati machinery.