MotoGP: Franco Morbidelli stays with Petronas Yamaha SRT until 2022

The Petronas Yamaha SRT (Sepang Racing Team) will be retaining their current MotoGP rider, Franco Morbidelli, until the end of the 2022 season. This has been confirmed after both parties signed a new agreement ahead of the first round of the 2020 MotoGP championship in Jerez, Spain, this coming weekend.

According to Dato’ Razlan Razali, Team Principal of Petronas Yamaha SRT, “We are delighted to confirm that Franky will continue with us next year. He is an extremely talented rider and a great asset to the team as we look to build on our rookie season. Franky was always in our plans for the future so it is beneficial for us and him to be able to confirm that he will ride for us in 2021 and 2022 now.”

“Franky has the potential to reach the top step of the podium and this is what we’ll all be working hard to achieve. We have absolute faith in Franky even before this season has started. We are confident that Franky has what it takes to be competitive from Jerez and know that he will develop and mature in all areas through the years ahead. Franky will provide the team with stability and competitiveness and we can’t wait to be back on track!” added Dato’ Razlan.

As for Franco, his comments were “I’m very pleased to be renewing with Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team as we had such a great season together last year, working with a great drive to achieve success. I think it’s important for me to continue with the same team, bike and environment going forward as it feels great to work with them. We all work well together and it’s great fun to work with all the Petronas SRT crew.”

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