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Franco Morbidelli born in Rome on 4th December 1994 is an Italian motorcycle racer.
He was the European SuperStock 600 champion in 2013.
Despite the common misconception, he is not related to Giancarlo Morbidelli, manufacturer of the famed Morbidelli Grand Prix racing bikes, or his son, former Italian F1 driver Gianni Morbidelli.
Morbidelli's father is Italian and his mother is Brazilian.
He easily won the 2017 Moto2 World Championship with EG 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Team.
Morbidelli's first season in Moto2 riding a Suter. Getting to grips with the Moto2 class. He could only manage a 17th at Valencia, Spain, Japan 18th and San Marino a 20th.
Switching to a Moto2 Kalex Morbidelli with the EG0,0 Marc VDS Racing Team, the team he has stayed with. Morbidelli improved this year, with a fifth place at Aragon, Spain, Sixth at Sachsenring, Germany and Silverstone, Britain, and two seventh finishes at San Marino and Motegi Japan. Finishing eleventh with 75 points.
Morbidelli improved vastly with his first Moto2 podium at Indianapolis, USA, four fifth places in COTA, Texas, USA, Argentina, France and Qatar. Gaining 90 points, he would have been much higher than tenth in the Championship if he hadn’t retired three times and missed four races.
Morbidelli 2016 season was now showing what he a strong contender he is developing into. Taking fourteen top ten finishes, four runner up finishes in Austria, Silverstone, Britain, Philip Island, Australia and Sepang, Malaysia. Four third places at Assen, Holland, Aragon, Spain, Motegi, Japan and Valencia, Spain. Two fourth spots in Spain and Le Mans, France.
Finishing fourth in the Championship with 213 points.
Leading Championship the entire season and taking the first three wins of the year. Even with two retirements Morbidelli dominated the season taking eight wins a second in Valencia, Spain and three thirds at Silverstone, Britain, Philip Island, Australia and Sepang, Malaysia. He won in true Champions style at Qatar, Argentina, COTA (Circuit of the Americas), Texas, Le Mans, France, Assen, Netherlands, Sachsenring, Germany, Austria, and Aragon, Spain. He always finished in the top eight and retired twice. Easily winning the Championship with 308 points, after closest rival, Thomas Lüthi was forced to miss the last few races due to injury.
From European SuperStock 600 to World Champion in four years. Not bad going!
Now he’s in the premier class within the same EG 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Team, riding a Honda RCV213 and will be gunning to take Rookie of the Year honours.
- Roland Potter