Wet track time costs Lorenzo

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Mixed con­di­tions through­out the week­end in Le Mans left Du­cati rider Jorge Lorenzo with too much to do and too lit­tle time to do it, as the team worked to find a mod­i­fied set­ting to com­pen­sate for their now out­lawed winglets on the Des­mosedici GP17.

Mod­i­fy­ing the set­ting that took him to podium suc­cess at Jerez, the Spa­niard ad­mit­ted to MCN after the race that he be­lieves their po­ten­tial was much higher than the sixth place he even­tu­ally brought home.

“After Jerez I was curious to see how the bike re­acted to Le Mans, be­cause it’s

a pos­i­tive track for Du­cati and for me. But the set­ting for Jerez didn’t work for me here, be­cause we had too many wheelies. We tried to lower the bike, but we needed more time to work on it – 40 min­utes in dry con­di­tions be­fore the race didn’t give me enough time to find the max­i­mum from the bike.

“But com­ing from 16th to sixth with a con­stant pace is good and we saved a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. For sure I want to be much faster, but we have to be happy. Who knows what would have been pos­si­ble in the dry? But it’s bet­ter not to think too much about what could have been and in­stead fo­cus on Mugello and Barcelona.”

Team-mate An­drea Dovizioso fin­ished a strong fourth but was still un­happy about his over­all pace say­ing that be­ing more than 10 sec­onds from the win­ner is un­ac­cept­able.

“We can’t be too happy about the speed we have. We ex­pected to be a lit­tle bit closer, but our speed wasn’t good enough to re­ally fight at the top. I was push­ing at 100% in the mid­dle of the race and I had to slow down – I lost power in my right arm be­cause I was try­ing too hard.”

‘40 min­utes in dry con­di­tions be­fore the race didn’t give me enough time’ JORGE LORENZO

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