Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing
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The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

Few predictions made in the early winter months of 2020 came to pass in the year that unfolded. That is, unless you were one of those doomsday folks - in which case, good for you, I guess?

But its doubtful that anyone had on their scorecard that Franco Morbidelli on the ‘A-spec’ Petronas SRT-run Yamaha would end up being the Japanese marque’s most competitive rider in the truncated 2020 campaign, as he romped to three victories and missed the championship by just 13 points.

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