Ducati’s general manager Luigi Dell’Igna has said the Italian marque would’ve treated Franco Morbidelli better than Yamaha this year.

Morbidelli finished runner-up in the 2020 MotoGP season, behind eventual champion Joan Mir. Despite this, the Italian was given a 2019 spec Yamaha for this year, while every other Yamaha rider has a 2021 spec machine.

Obviously, many are less than pleased about it. One of whom, was Dell’Igna, who thinks Morbidelli deserves better treatment as a rider.

“Ducati would not have behaved like this with a world championship runner-up, given that sport must be one of the main aspects when thinking in terms of team and riders.” he said.

“For sure, such a decision must be made around June-July and not at the end of the season. I imagine that Yamaha found itself unprepared and in the uncomfortable position of having an important rider in-house, but without being able to manage it in the best possible way.”

“In fact, I believe this was Franco’s misfortune, despite the fact that he deserved the 2021 version bike.”

Despite the inferior bike, Morbidelli has made the best of a bad situation and currently sits 10th in the world championship, with 43 points and a podium to his name.

Journalist, writing various articles for ASN. MotoGP specialist and ASN's resident motorsports history nerd. Can generally be found screaming at stupid strategy choices while watching the tv.