Franco Morbidelli remains far behind his Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP colleague Fabio Quartararo. The differences were visible again in the Portugal GP, in which yesterday he was only 13th, later confessing that he is still not in a position to get the most out of his bike.
The Italian admitted to the press that Fabio Quartararo is more ‘in sync’ with the bike: ‘He is very aware of the set, he is very aware of how to manage the set and we, at the moment, are not’.
Asked how different the configuration of his YZR-M1 is, Morbidelli replied: ‘It’s not that different. These are small differences, but small differences make a difference’.
Then the #21 explained that he has to take advantage of the current bike, riding it in the same way as the previous version: ‘His bike [from Quartararo] is more powerful than my previous bike, and it has a better braking potential. But at this time, the base configuration is not correct. We need to find a better way to ride the bike: I need to ride it like the old one, keeping the benefits of this one. And that’s the way to be fast’.