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Breaking!!! Morbidelli Joins Yamaha Factory Racing For 2021-2023

Franco Morbidelli


Following Maverick Vinales’ decision to leave Yamaha mid-season, the team announced that it has signed Franco Morbidelli on a two-year contract that ends in 2023.

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The deal between Yamaha and Morbidelli has been anticipated ever since Yamaha was forced to undergo a mid-season shuffle to compensate for both Morbidelli’s knee injury and the surprising exit of Maverick Vinales from the factory team.


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Franco Morbidelli who has been out of the racing scene since June after undergoing knee surgery is set to make his return in this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix, but this time he’d be on the blue and black Yamaha Factory Racing Team bike to partner former Petronas SRT team-mate and championship leader, Fabio Quartararo

On signing with Yamaha Factory Racing, Morbidelli said, “I’m very pleased and happy about facing this weekend and this highly anticipated new chapter with the Factory Yamaha team. I’ve been trying to recover as much as possible for the final stage of this championship. I wanted to make my comeback at a track I know well and have great memories of, like Misano.” A track where he got his first-ever MotoGP victory last year. I’m looking forward to jumping on the bike and starting my journey with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team. Of course, I need and I want to thank all the people who made this happen, starting with Ito-san, Lin, Maio, Sumi-san, the VR46 Riders Academy, and all other people who made this collaboration possible.”


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With Franco Morbidelli joining the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team for this week’s Gran Premio di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini, the Yamaha team announced that MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will be joining Petronas Sepang Racing Team, filling in the seat which was left vacant by Morbidelli. The Italian rider will race for Yamaha’s satellite team for the remainder of 2021 as well as the entire 2022 MotoGP season. 


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