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.