Franco Morbidelli is about to make historical past for the VR46 Riders Academy as soon as, and maybe twice, within the close to future.
The Italian is now sure to turn out to be the primary Academy rider to succeed in MotoGP, having signed to step-up to the premier-class with Marc VDS.
And Morbidelli additionally appears to be like on the right track to turn out to be the Academy’s first world champion, holding a commanding 34-point lead over nearest rival Thomas Luthi on the midway stage of the season.
So how does good friend and mentor Valentino Rossi really feel about racing with Morbidelli in MotoGP subsequent yr?
“I’ve identified Franco for a very long time now. I believe that he was one of many first riders within the Riders Academy,” Rossi mentioned. “His mom is from Brazil, his father is from Rome. However his father was a former rider and moved to Tavullia, as a result of he wished to place Franco in an excellent place to make him a rider.
“Franco’s father went to Graziano, and mentioned, ‘is it doable to assist Franco?’ So the primary time I noticed Franco was with my father, a very long time in the past, and he began to coach with me and with Marco Simoncelli on the 450. From that second we turned pals.
“I believe he has an amazing potential. He has an amazing expertise and he can do very properly. This yr he demonstrated that so much. After we prepare collectively, he is an enormous drawback, all the time. So I believe he can be an enormous drawback for everyone in MotoGP!”