Portimao MotoGP: Franco Morbidelli appoints new crew chief for 2022 | MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli will not be reunited with Ramon Forcada on the Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team next season.

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He will also not continue with Silvano Galbusera, the crew chief he is currently working with after an early move from Petronas Yamaha to the factory team was made possible by the departure of Maverick Vinales.

While Galbusera will return to the test team next year, Morbidelli will work with Patrick Primmer, who previously worked as Vinales’ highly rated Öhlins technician, before being forced to resign due to Covid travel restrictions in his native Australia.

“Silvano will continue to do his usual job in charge of the test team and test project while I will work with Patrick who is already here [in Portimao]“Said Morbidelli.

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“He will be with us this weekend, not working directly, but just sit in and see what we’re doing, get in touch with my feedback and the work program we started with Silvano in Misano.”

Morbidelli, who is still recovering from major knee surgery in June, added that Primmer is “someone I will really love to work with.”

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Last year’s runner-up had worked with Forcada, who helped Jorge Lorenzo win three world championships with Yamaha since joining Petronas in 2019.

Morbidelli initially voiced hope that they could be reunited for 2022, but today’s news suggests Forcada will stick with Andrea Dovizioso at Petronas.

Morbidelli scored his first points in monster colors with 13th place last time in Misano.