MotoGP Silverstone: Morbidelli: When I train I’m always fast, Quartararo ‘does something I don’t do’ | MotoGP
While Fabio Quartararo leads the world championship with 172 points and three race wins, his Monster teammate Morbidelli is only 19th in the standings with 25 points.
Satellite RNF riders Darryn Binder and Dovizioso are 21st and 22nd, both on just 10 points, with former Ducati title runner-up Dovizioso opting to retire from Misano after being unable to adapt his style to extract speed in the middle of the Quartararo bend.
But for Morbidelli, who considers braking to be his main flaw, the fight continues.
The 2020 title runner-up, who has not finished in the top ten of a dry race this season, started the British MotoGP weekend as the second-best Yamaha after timesheet leader Quartararo – but only in 20th place (+1.1 s).
“We will continue to grind”, Morbidelli, adding: “It is worse [than a slap in the face to still see the same big difference to Quartararo], it’s like a slap elsewhere! But it’s like that. I do not give up.
“The bike is good enough to be first today. It’s a human being [Quartararo] it’s riding a bike. Not an alien. A human being who does something I don’t. Clearly when it rolls it does something that I don’t. I’ll keep grinding, I’ll keep working, I’ll keep searching.
Although there has been little inspiration for Morbidelli in terms of results at MotoGP events this year, his speed while training with the VR46 Academy has not diminished.
“When I go to practice, I’m always fast. It gives me confidence,” he said. “When I train with other bikes, with the guys, I’m there with the guys. This is where I’m struggling. I will continue to search.
Morbidelli: ‘You have to do everything perfectly’
“As always, I try to brake more deeply, to work on the braking. Every time I improve the braking and succeed, I immediately lose somewhere else,” Morbidelli said of his struggles.
“To be fast clearly on this package you have to do everything perfectly. You clearly have to squeeze it 200% and feel free. I still don’t have that. I’m working, trying stuff. I still don’t free in doing things.”
Given that Dovizioso has come to the conclusion that nothing will change in the second half of the season, what can Morbidelli do?
“Use the time I have in the best possible way. Try everything I can. Be as positive as possible. Keep a positive attitude inside the team, inside my crew, inside myself and keep going.
Morbidelli: “If Yamaha wins, I’ll be happy, that’s what I can do”
The Italian, a three-time winner on the Petronas M1 satellite in 2020, insists he is not being pressured by Yamaha and understands it is up to him to join Quartararo to unlock the potential of the current machine.
“I have to say the people at Yamaha are very nice to me,” Morbidelli said. “They’re still trying to figure out if they can do something, but the truth is, in my opinion, with the condition we’re facing, with a driver that is winning races and fighting for the championship, it’s not worth investing energy to change the package, to change things, to try things right now, it’s not the right time.
“It’s more the time to explore, to try myself, to try to understand what I can do, what I have to do. It’s more what I can do.
“If it was all [Yamaha] riders [struggling] that would have been another story. But the fact that a driver can be fast on this package clearly means it is possible. I don’t want Yamaha to lose focus on this.
“Finally, I am a Yamaha employee. If Yamaha wins, I will be happy. I don’t want Yamaha to lose focus on this. And in addition, I am a person who believes a lot in people and in human beings. So I believe and I continue to work.