This Czech Republic Grand Prix delivered an incredible verdict at the end of a thrilling race. Brad Binder claimed his and KTM’s maiden victory in Premier Class, Morbidelli saved Yamaha’s day, and Johann Zarco took his first podium since joined Avintia Ducati.
As soon as he got off his Yamaha M1 from the Petronas Yamaha SRT satellite team after securing second place in the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno, Franco Morbidelli confided in front of the MotoGP.com camera with the joy of having obtained his very first podium in the Premier Class.
We report here his words without any formatting.
Franco, you had a great start to the race, but maybe your rear tire has deteriorated too much afterward. How do you feel with this first podium?
“It’s fantastic! I’m more than fine right now and just enjoying the moment! Yes, overall it was a great race. I got off to a good start and did what I planned: Just pick up my pace and not abuse the tires, without pushing too hard, because honestly, it was a crucial point this weekend.”
“Then I saw Brad was catching up with me and I was like ‘OK I’m not going to do anything stupid and I’m just going to try and take the bike to the finish and get my first podium’. I want to thank the team and all the people who work with me at home. Now we are going to rest for three days and then we will go to Austria is a great energy and great joy. “
“Huge thanks to the Valentino Rossi, because I’m here mostly because of him. He believed in me when I was nobody. Thank you a lot” – said Morbidelli at the Press Conference after the race.
Morbidelli is one of the few riders that can maintain his speed across most of the race tracks, as he showed that skill in Moto2 when he became a World Champion. That means Franco can be a title contender in 2020 if they have found the right settings on his Yamaha.