Lorenzo learns a lot af­ter slow start

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With Du­cati as­sem­bling a dream team of test rider Stoner and racer Lorenzo for the 2017 sea­son, itõs lit­tle won­der the mood in the team is buoy­ant Ð and that the three-times world cham­pion is happy work­ing with his for­mer ri­val.

ÒIT is to my great ben­e­fit that Du­cati has Casey as a test rider,ó Lorenzo said. ÒI be­lieve it is very im­por­tant to have the fastest test rider you can have and Casey is the fastest rider apart from the top guys still rac­ing.

ÒHE has so much tal­ent that if he was still rac­ing heõd be win­ning races and fight­ing for the cham­pi­onship. We will make a great team.ó

Lorenzo has re­mained calm in his first proper ef­fort on his new Du­cati,

de­spite a shock ap­pear­ance at the bot­tom half of the time sheets on the first day of ac­tion at the Malaysian test.

Lorenzo fin­ished the open­ing day in 17th, over 2.5s off the pace set by Du­cati test rider Casey Stoner.

But the five-times world cham­pion says that he’s aware of the so­lu­tions to the prob­lems he’s fac­ing. “I’m not dis­ap­pointed but I am sur­prised,” he said. “I thought I would be not too far away from the front. But I was very far! But what gives me con­fi­dence is that we’re mak­ing huge im­prove­ments – and to see three or four Du­catis up there shows that the bike has po­ten­tial to go quickly, at least for one lap.

“I’m los­ing out mainly on brak­ing. I need to adapt to what the bike re­quires, be­cause if you try to ride it like a Yamaha and carry the cor­ner speed the bike doesn’t turn.”

‘No­bis‘If Casey maiost­was still ven­dant rac­ing,re max­imi,he would unt be aut fight­ing an­d­est for faceatthe cham­pi­onship’mag­nit fugit’ JORGE LORENZO

Lorenzo is hav­ing to adapt his rid­ing style to suit

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