Lorenzo learn­ing to tame Du­cati

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While things might be look­ing rosy for An­drea Dovizioso, five­times world cham­pion Jorge Lorenzo has had a much tougher time on the other side of the garage as he strug­gles to adapt his rid­ing style to a ma­chine very dif­fer­ent from the Yamaha M1 on which he has spent the past nine sea­sons.

De­spite that, Du­cati race boss Paolo Ciabatti says he can see def­i­nite im­prove­ments com­ing from the camp, with Lorenzo’s form slowly but steadily im­prov­ing – some­thing that the vet­eran team man­ager says is mo­ti­vat­ing the whole team.

“It’s tak­ing a lit­tle bit longer than we ex­pected and longer than he ex­pected. But we’ve seen some pos­i­tive signs and some im­prove­ments,” he said. “We still have to ad­just some things on the bike to suit Jorge’s rid­ing style, but he’s get­ting stronger and we can see him get­ting closer and closer. We are all work­ing very hard now, and the mo­ti­va­tion is def­i­nitely there.”

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