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Franco Morbidelli believes he 'still has a lot to give' in MotoGP

Gold and Goose

It was announced yesterday that Yamaha and Franco Morbidelli would be parting ways at the end of the 2023 season, but Morbidelli remains confident he will be in MotoGP come the start of the 2024 season.

Franco Morbidelli has spent five of his six seasons in MotoGP with Yamaha, but for next season the Italian will have to ride for a different manufacturer. The former Moto2 Champion has bought success to Yamaha during his time with them though. Morbidelli has won three races and stood on the podium on four other occasions for the Japanese manufacturer.

But after two difficult years in MotoGP Morbidelli and Yamaha have decided to go their separate ways for next season.


"It has been quite the journey," Franco Morbidelli told MotoGP.com ahead of the British Grand Prix. "We did some good great results together, even though it was in a satellite team I had the chance to fight for a Championship with Yamaha.

"It was a pleasure to join the factory team and to know the people inside Yamaha, they deserve a lot and they will get a lot in the future. Sometimes you need a change and some change can bring different energy to both parts."

Morbidelli was asked in the interview with MotoGP.com whether he decided to leave Yamaha or whether Yamaha let him go. But once again Morbidelli kept his cards close to his chest and gave his usual response...

"It is a matter you have to discuss with Lin. When you decide to part ways it is not always unilateral, things did not work out last year for certain reasons and this year for another kind of reason but anyway the whole group is not progressing so for sure a change is needed."

Finally, the Italian was asked about his future in motorbike racing and mainly whether we would see him in MotoGP next season. The 28-year-old seemed confident that he will be in the paddock but would not disclose who he believes he will be riding for next season.

"I believe that I had my chances of fighting for the Championship in 2020, then I had two complicated seasons. But I am still young, I am still motivated and I still have a lot to give and I still want to have the chance to fight for a Championship and win races. So I am planning on doing that, I am planning on having a bounce back starting from the second part of the season, it is always achievable.

"Yeah. It is still too early I can't go into too much detail just yet."

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