PETALING JAYA: There will be no rest for Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team rider Franco Morbidelli (pic) as he heads to Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit for the second of two back-to-back MotoGP rounds.
The Italian will be looking to put the disappointing result of his home Italian Grand Prix behind him, where he was forced off the track to avoid a collision.
Morbidelli will be looking to replicate his success at the circuit last year, where he secured pole position and was in the fight for podium. He eventually crossed the finish line in fourth place.
He will also be looking to propel himself up the table again after falling a rung to ninth in the world championships.
“Barcelona is another historical track and I hope that it will be good for us.
“Last year we were fast there, I took the pole position the last time and so we have a good indication for our set from the 2020 race weekend.
“I expect that we can be on the same level as last year. I don’t know if it will be enough to be on top as it is quite a tricky track, but we will try to do the best job that we can there, ” added Morbidelli, the 2020 championship runner-up.
Meanwhile, his teammate and compatriot Valentino Rossi, who claimed his first top 10 finish of the season in Mugello, will be hoping to maintain the positive momentum.
However, Rossi did not have the best of races in Barcelona when he crashed out last year.
With the riders ahead of him separated by only a few points in the standings, Rossi will also be hoping to move himself higher than his current 19th place this weekend.
“The Barcelona track is one of my favourites and I always enjoy riding there. It’s a great place and I have some very good memories from it.”
Rossi’s Catalunya stats include four pole positions, 14 podiums and seven victories in the MotoGP/500cc era.
“I’m feeling positive as we have improved throughout the weekend in Mugello. My 10th placed isn’t what we really wanted but we are improving and it is good to head to this next race with some points.
“We hope to bring this positivity to Barcelona, to continue improving.”