PETALING JAYA: Petronas Sepang Racing Team’s Franco Morbidelli is eyeing second spot in the MotoGP world championship but first he will have to solve the lingering tyre pressure problem.
The issue wrecked his chances of a podium finish in the European Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on Sunday where he finished 11th.
Morbidelli, who claimed his second win of the season in Aragon last month, was still the best finisher on a Yamaha.
Mathematically, the Italian is still in contention with two races remaining despite being 45 points adrift of leader Joan Mir of Spain.
Morbidelli is fifth on 117 points and just eight points away from teammate Fabio Quartararo of France, who shares second spot with Alex Rins of Spain.
After this weekend’s Valencia GP, the race will head to the season finale in Portimao for the Portuguese GP.
“The biggest issue we had was the pressure in the front tyre. When we are running in the pack we noticed some problems with the pressure and could not really go for good run.
“We need to analyse and look at how to make the tyres work better for us, look at what is the right window for their usage and why we had the issue.
“Although the gap on the leader in the championship has widened, we have closed in on the second position.
“I think this will be a good target for us in the two final races and it is something that I am going to be giving my all to achieve, ” said Morbidelli.