Lin Jarvis explains Franco Morbidelli’s “technical deficit”: “put him in difficulty”

With the exception of Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha had a difficult year with the rest of its riders, and Franco Morbidelli was one of them. The Italian closed the championship in 17th place, after being crowned vice-world champion last year.

Quoted by Motosan, Lin Jarvis referred to the season of Valentino Rossi’s student and recalled that the # 21 rode on an older version than those that rode on bikes and specs from 2020 and 2021. According to the general manager of Yamaha Motor Racing, this technical delay by the Italian left him in difficulty at the start of the championship in a year where he only made one podium in the Jerez race.

“Franco’s season was not what we expected either, what he would have wanted. Last year he was second, he had a good season last year, he was hung on Joan Mir until the end of the championship. He rode really well and won three races. This year because of Covid he started with the factory bike to 2019 specs as that decision was made in middle of last year. So it started with a technical deficit because the 2019 bike, in general, stayed where it was last year, while the 2021 bikes, the updated 2020 specifications, got a lot of upgrades, and I think all of the factory bikes have definitely gone up to standard, which got Franky in trouble earlier in the year., Explain.

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