PETALING JAYA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team rider Franco Morbidelli will be relieved to head back to Europe after difficult double header rounds in Qatar.
The pre-season favourite from Italy managed just four points from the first two MotoGP races of the season.
Morbidelli, who remains on the year-old spec M1 Yamaha bike, was unable to showcase the form that saw him finish as the MotoGP championship runner-up in 2020.
After suffering some mechanical issues throughout Friday and placing 10th in qualifying, Morbidelli finished the race in 12th position in Sunday’s race at Losail International Circuit.
He finished out of the points in the opening round also held in Doha.
Morbidelli now just can’t wait for the third round to start in Portimao next weekend.
“A difficult 10 days here in Doha. We struggled to understand well how the package was working.
“Starting from 10th position and not having the fastest bike on the pack was really tough to fight. At least I had the chance to do it. Then the problems, similar problems to the beginning of 2020 came.
“I finished the tyre too soon and I wasn’t able to be consistent and fast as the race went by.”