MotoGP, Grand Prix of Valencia

Morbidelli Moves Up Gear

In taking his fifth podium in a row and the eighth of the season, Franco Morbidelli ended the Moto2 World Championship in high gear, boding well for the 2017 season…

The Races

Having qualified for the front row of the starting grid, Franco Morbidelli long believed in his chances of winning his first Moto2 Grand Prix in Valencia. Fighting it out with Johann Zarco, the Italian unfortunately was hindered by the degradation of his rear tire late in the race. The excessive wear has also allowed Tom Lüthi to take over Franco in the last kilometres. Morbidelli still made it to his eighth podium of the season, the fifth in a row. Álex Márquez was less successful. Suffering from cramps in his forearm, the Spaniard had to retire shortly after halfway. In MotoGP, Jack Miller was placed 15th to end the season. Tito Rabat took the checkered flag in 17th place.

moto-gp-valencia-2016The Championship

In being taken over by Tom Lüthi in the final round of the Grand Prix of Valencia, Franco Morbidelli lost his third place in the Moto2 world championship for only one little point. Álex Márquez ended his second season in the intermediate category in 13th place. In MotoGP, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat finished the championship in 18th and 21st places respectively.

The Background

“Franco will be a serious candidate for the title next season, He has made enormous progress this season. He is very aggressive in a fight and he can count on an experienced team.”

Johann Zarco

Winner of the last Grand Prix of the season, Johann Zarco did not fail to praise Franco Morbidelli, a rider with whom the twin world champion fought it out for many laps on the Ricardo Tormo circuit before getting the upper hand at the end of the race.  Last year, Zarco had never won in Moto2 before racing towards his first title as world champion. All of which also leads Michael Bartholemy, the boss of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, to say that his protégé can believe in his chances of taking over the track record from the Frenchman in the Moto2 category.

“His superb second half of the season is very encouraging, Franco will be able to build on these results to fully prepare for 2017.”

Michael Bartholemy

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