Franco Morbidelli was the first flashy non-WRC driver to join the Monza Rally, the last round of the 2020 season. The MotoGP rider will change the Yamaha M1 with which he competes in the premier class of the Motorcycle World Championship for a second-class WRC vehicle, since Morbidelli will take the controls of a Hyundai i20 R5 Umberto Scandola’s team. However, ‘Franky’ will not debut at the wheel of the South Korean vehicle, since the Italian-Brazilian driver He already had the opportunity to ride an R5 at a promotional event hosted by Hyundai and Withu in June
Faced with this new challenge, Franco Morbidelli He assured: “I am excited about the possibility of competing in a WRC event. It will be an incredible opportunity to be among the best drivers in the world and compete in a different discipline. It is going to be a very fun event, although I will have to quickly learn many details and It will not be easy to adapt to the two ‘additional’ wheels in such a short time. In the end, these possibilities are things that occur very seldom throughout life, so I will do an intensive course with Umberto Scandola to arrive prepared for my first test in the World Rally Championship ».
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In contrast to the ‘signing’ of Franco Morbidelli by the WRC, one of his teammates on the MotoGP grid seems not to be attending Monza. Although many took his presence for granted at the Italian racetrack after winning the Monza Rally Show up to seven times, It seems that Valentino Rossi will not contest the Monza Rally. However, the # 46 has chosen to compete alongside Luca Marini and Alessio Salucci in the 12 Hours of the Gulf at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3. With no actual date clash, there is still a slim chance that ‘Il Doctore’ will contest both events.