Wet track time costs Lorenzo
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