YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don’t Panic

Yamaha obtained less convincing results in the opening race of the 2022 MotoGP in Lusail, Qatar. None of the Japanese factory drivers made it into the top five, including the drivers on the satellite team.

Even so, Franco Morbidelli asked not to rush into panic. Because, there is still a possibility for Yamaha to make improvements in the next race which will take place in Mandalika, Indonesia, on March 18-20, 2022.

1. Able to directly qualify for Q2, Morbidelli had to settle for finishing in 11th position during the race

YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don't PanicFranco Morbidelli rides his motorbike at the 2022 Qatar GP. (motogp.com)

Franco Morbidelli actually started the Qatar GP racing week quite well. He was able to qualify directly for the second qualifying session (Q2) after the results of the combined FP1-FP3 time put him in seventh position.

Unfortunately, Franco Morbidelli had to settle for 12th starting position in Q2. The racer with motorcycle number 21 was unable to penetrate the top ten positions during the race. He had to settle for finishing the race in 11th position.

2. The shortcomings of the YZR-M1 at the Qatar GP were acknowledged by Morbidelli

YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don't PanicFranco Morbidelli rides his motorbike at the 2022 Qatar GP. (motogp.com)

On the other hand, Fabio Quartararo was able to finish the race in 9th position. For the Yamaha satellite team, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team, only Andrea Dovizioso entered the points zone. The Italian racer finished 14th and was entitled to two points. Meanwhile, Darryn Binder is in 16th position.

The results that are less convincing from the racers who use the YZR-M1 motorbike raise question marks. Because, the motor lags behind other manufacturer’s motorbikes in terms of grip and power top speed. This was acknowledged directly by Morbidelli.

“We lacked grip and top speed. Those are two problems we already know about. We’ll see how things go in Mandalika. I’m sure we will solve the problem, especially the grip issue,” said Morbidelli Motorcycle Sports.

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3. Morbidelli doesn’t want to panic, believes he can give more than the Qatar GP

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YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don't PanicMonster Energy Yamaha racer Franco Morbidelli (motogp.com)

Furthermore, Morbido, nicknamed Franco Morbidelli, believes that he can give more than he did at the Qatar GP. However, his mistakes in the first two laps made him fail to get the best finishing position. Even so, he did not want to rush to panic at the results that were not good in the early races.

“I was really bad at the start. I lost a lot of positions in the first two laps and lost a lot of time. I really wasn’t ready for the first phase of the race. I will at least wait for the championship to arrive in Europe before panicking.”

4. Carlos Checa gave his response regarding the YZR-M1’s poor performance

YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don't PanicFranco Morbidelli rides his motorbike at the 2022 Qatar GP. (motogp.com)

Meanwhile, commentators Spanish DAZN as well as a former MotoGP racer, Carlos Checa, shared his opinion regarding Yamaha’s poor performance. Checa felt the YZR-M1 was the bike that suffered the most at the Qatar GP.

The Spaniard said that engine problems prevented the YZR-M1 from getting the expected power. Even so, Checa assesses that Yamaha has a chance to perform better in Mandalika.

“In Mandalika maybe the engine didn’t count and maybe Yamaha had more possibilities. It will be a very different race and we hope that at the track level there will be good conditions to compete in this race.” Motosan.

5. Yamaha is in a distended position in the constructors’ standings after the Qatar GP

YZR-M1 Less Fierce, Franco Morbidelli: Don't PanicMonster Energy Yamaha racer Franco Morbidelli (motogp.com)

Currently, Yamaha is in the most distended position in the constructors’ standings. They earned seven points thanks to the contribution of Fabio Quartararo as the Yamaha racer with the best finish at the Qatar GP.

Monster Energy Yamaha, which is the main team from the Japanese manufacturer, is in 6th position in the team standings with twelve points. Meanwhile, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team is in 10th place with two points. Can Yamaha bounce back in the upcoming Mandalika race?

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