For a number of reasons, Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha) is very much looking forward to the Czech Republic GP this weekend (click here for timetables and TV coverage), the 10th round of the season that marks the end of a 3-week “summer break” for the protagonists of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.
During this period, the 24-year-old Roman rider has focused on physical recovery from the latest injuries, but he has also prepared for a second part of the season in which he will have to prove his worth against his bulky pitting partner Fabio Quartararo, a 20-year-old French “terrible rookie” who has amazed the whole paddock with his clamorous in the first half of the season (2 podiums and 3 poles for the rising transalpine star).
Morbidelli, currently 11th in the World Championship with 52 points (-15 from his team mate), has always had an excellent feeling with the Brno track, and the same can be said of his Yamaha YZR-M1, a bike that has often been enhanced on the spectacular layout of the Bohemian track.
In some recent statements, the “Morbido” has given himself a rating of 7.5 in reference to his first half of the season, specifying however that, in his opinion, the results collected so far have been less than he and his crew deserved, and this is also a great motivation for him in view of the rest of 2019.
Counting on a physical form now fully recovered, Franco Morbidelli is therefore determined to make the most of the appointment with the Automododrom Brno:
“Brno is a track that I really like because it’s fast, it has fun uphill changes of direction and there isn’t so much straight. During the break I managed to rest a bit, which was very useful for me to help recover my arm and shoulder, but I also trained hard for the rest of the season.
“My arm and shoulder are fine now, I’ve also done some motocross to confirm it, and now I can’t wait to get back to the test during a race weekend. My expectations will be the same as for the last races, that is to say to get into the Top-8. We also know that we can be very fast in qualifying, so we expect to improve in that too.