Franco Morbidelli, 2020 MotoGP vice world champion and 2017 Moto2 world champion: let’s retrace his career.
Franco was born in Rome on December 4th 1994.
He made his debut in Moto2 in 2013 and races in the Grand Prix of San Marino, Japan and the Valencian Community but in 2014 it will be the season that he will have the opportunity to race for an entire season. In 2015 he gets his first podium. The following season, with the Marc VDS Racing team, sees the first victory slip away by 10 thousandths but collects four third places and four second places and finishes 4th in the drivers’ standings.
2017 starts with a bang: pole position and victory in the first race. He also wins in Argentina and Texas, in France he returns to win after a retirement in Spain. He will win four more races: Holland, Germany, Austria and Aragon.
It will be in Malaysia that Morbidelli will win the world championship thanks to Luthi’s forfeit due to an injury. On that occasion he arrives on the podium but on the lowest step. Franco thus becomes the first rider to become a Moto2 champion, before 2010 the intermediate class was called the 250 class.
In 2018 he moved to MotoGP with the same team that allowed him to win the championship the previous year. This season, his best result is an 8th place in Australia and he finishes the championship in 15th position. In his second season in the top class he moves to the Yamaha satellite team and gets four fifth places as best result and gets a total of 115 points, finishing 10th in the riders’ standings.
In 2020 he remains in the same team and in the Czech Republic Grand Prix comes his first podium in the premier class. A few weeks later the first victory in the San Marino Grand Prix also arrives.
At the end of the season, Franco can count on two successes, in addition to the triumph on the Misano Adriatico track: one in the Teruel GP and the other in the Valencian Community GP.
158 points and second place in the drivers’ standings: this is how Franco ends the 2020 season.
Will 2021 give Morbido the title of MotoGP world champion?