The young star whose team-mate 'distorts reality'

The young star whose team-mate 'distorts reality'

The MotoGP paddock's eyes are all on Fabio Quartararo as the man who might finally depose Marc Marquez. That's tough on Quartararo's Valentino-Rossi-protege team-mate - who should also be taken very seriously for the future

Franco Morbidelli's rise to MotoGP frontrunner status has been one faced with many hardships, both on and off the track. An evidently talented prospect from a young age, inheriting a passion for motorcycles from his ex-racer father Livio, Morbidelli never had the funds to make it into the lower rungs of the grand prix ladder.

He was offered a development contract with the Pramac D'Antin Ducati team when he was just 11, but the deal collapsed and once more Morbidelli's career hopes stalled.

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