Franco Morbidelli is set to make history for the VR46 Riders Academy once, and perhaps twice, in the near future.

The Italian is now certain to become the first Academy rider to reach MotoGP, having signed to step-up to the premier-class with Marc VDS.

And Morbidelli also looks on course to become the Academy's first world champion, holding a commanding 34-point lead over nearest rival Thomas Luthi at the halfway stage of the season.

So how does friend and mentor Valentino Rossi feel about racing with Morbidelli in MotoGP next year?

"I've known Franco for a long time now. I think that he was one of the first riders in the Riders Academy," Rossi said. "His mother is from Brazil, his father is from Rome. But his father was a former rider and moved to Tavullia, because he wanted to put Franco in a good position to make him a rider.

"Franco's father went to Graziano, and said, 'is it possible to help Franco?' So the first time I saw Franco was with my father, a long time ago, and he started to train with me and with Marco Simoncelli on the 450. From that moment we became friends.

"I think he has a great potential. He has a great talent and he can do very well. This year he demonstrated that a lot. When we train together, he's a big problem, always. So I think he will be a big problem for everybody in MotoGP!"

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I remember when his father raced in Formula 1 years ago. He will definitely be a headache for a few riders in MotoGP next year. I hope he wins the championship this year.

And the other gp riders should be worried,if vale says he is good and a threat to the others,then he is going to be a problem,he has a healthy lead over the very talented and experienced luthi now,if he can do ok in the second half of the season,he will already proved he is pretty good !!

Hope he does good and not become the kind of over hyped eventual grid filler.
Fabio quatararo & Nicola Bulega are good riders but have not lived up to the hype so far.

Yossarian: He may also be signed up to and paying his percentage to the rider management branch of VR46 incorporated.[\blockquote]
If the academy played a big part in his progress, why not?

He may also be signed up to and paying his percentage to the rider management branch of VR46 incorporated.

Guna4699:
Yossarian: He may also be signed up to and paying his percentage to the rider management branch of VR46 incorporated.[\blockquote]
If the academy played a big part in his progress, why not? [\blockquote]
Absolutely.

He Will need a decent bike to be able to do anything remarkable in MotoGP unless he is a magician....or at least commitment from team to help him quickly develop one. What chances of that I wonder.