Moto2 title leader Franco Morbidelli has taken part in an event hosted by sponsor Estrella Galicia 0,0 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Italian-Brazilian rider commented on his strong form during the first half of the season as well as his newly announced deal to join the Marc VDS Honda MotoGP team in 2018.

That will make Morbidelli the first Brazilian MotoGP rider since Alex Barros to compete in the premier-class - and the seven time 500cc/MotoGP winner was among those in attendance at the event.

"My goal is to keep this pace and win this Championship, that would be the best way to join the MotoGP category," Morbidelli said.

"Everybody knows my strong ties with this country as I feel a bit Brazilian. It is very special for me being back in Brazil, my mother's home country and feel the support of the Brazilian fans.

"I hope to be back soon, who knows if it can be for a MotoGP race."

The current Moto2 World Championship leader also took the chance to present a special leather suit with the Brazilian flag that he will compete in during the next round in Brno on August 6th.

"This is my special tribute to my Brazilian roots, the leather suit looks amazing! I hope it brings me luck and helps me to win in Brno".

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I just found the entire interview with Brazilian journalists it already seems his starting the build traction there and hopefully the Brazilian GP will be just a matter of time now.
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Franky has an huge opportunity to become a major super star in Brazil. Everyone in the country loves any kind of racing the economy is coming out of recession blamed solely on socialist policies that are now gone with the woman and still it's in the top 5 economies of the world. I always wondered if Franky would try the Brazilian market and when in Sao Paulo I saw Estrela Galicia beer brand in supermarkets. Franky can become an hero in both Italy and Brazil and in the process become the richest racer in MotoGP and seems I'm not the only one who saw that. Barros has history with Honda and Franky will be racing for Honda next year so that's even bigger opportunity.

good rider, i miss Barros, victories with two brands, podiums with four or five not sure, Barros is a superclass, one of the best riders i ever seen

Always wondered why the Brazilian flag is on his helmet? Now I know!! A talented guy and pretty consistent, reckon he has Moto 2 title in the bag, barring any major mishaps, it will be interesting to see how he does in Moto GP over the next few seasons