LORENZO STRUGGLES AT ONE OF HIS STRONGEST TRACKS
While Andrea Dovizioso was having a fairytale weekend at his home race, Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo had a much less successful weekend at a circuit that he’s made his own in recent years, struggling to come to grips with the Desmo at Mugello.
Coming home eighth – the first time he’s ever been lower than second since his first podium at the Italian track in 2008 – he admitted that while they’ve made significant breakthroughs with the bike’s set-up, he learned at the weekend that the process of adapting his riding style to it is still far from complete.
Losing his ability to carry ultra-high corner speed, which was previously his major strength on the Yamaha he confirmed that that’s still where the squad will need to find something to make the difference.
“I was overtaken six or seven times in the middle of the corner. I’m too slow to open the throttle and I’m too slow in the corners, and even if I try to change that I can’t take profit from the corners. And if I try to fix that, I lose too much on the entry, especially to hard brakers like Petrucci and Dovizioso.
“I’m a more complete rider than I was, but I probably have the opposite riding style to what the bike demands. I’m working with my engineers to change that, but I decided to make this jump to Ducati, I’m still motivated, and we’ll fix the issues. But after 20 years riding the same way you can’t change it any easier than you can learn a new language in a few days. It’s complicated and you have to ride the bike a little illogically – the opposite way to the Yamaha.”
But there are still rays of sunshine ahead for Lorenzo, with a major accomplishment coming for him in the opening laps of the race as he led for the first time since he crossed the line last year at Valencia on the Yamaha, dicing with Valentino Rossi in the first minutes of the race.
And on top of that, he believes that this weekend’s race at Barcelona’s Montmelò will bring more positives for him, especially after a encouraging test at the Catalan circuit earlier this month.
“I struggled at Mugello, and even in the test I was six tenths behind Pirro. It seems I recovered a little in practice, but in the race the problems increased. But there are positive things, and maybe in Montmelò everything will change for us in a positive way!”
‘I’m a more complete rider than I was, but I probably have the opposite riding style to what the bike demands’ JORGE LORENZO
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