Lorenzo learns a lot after slow start
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.”
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Lorenzo is having to adapt his riding style to suit