Jorge Lorenzo says he ‘couldn’t wait’ to get this weekend’s action at the Circuit of the Americas underway after making a major breakthrough last time out in Argentina only to be denied a chance to test it by a first corner fall.
Radically altering the ride height of the Ducati in an attempt to set it up the way it needs to be and to stop trying to turn it into a Yamaha for the first time since making the move to the Italian manufacturer, he was cheerful with the progress they’d made even after crashing out of the race in Argentina – and says he’s raring to try it out at the Circuit of the Americas.
“Finally we have arrived at Austin, and I just couldn’t wait to get here after my crash at Termas de Río Hondo. I don’t want to think about what happened in Argentina anymore, and even though the results up until now haven’t gone our way, I think we are on the right track to improve. Unfortunately for one reason or another, I haven’t been able to demonstrate this.
“Austin is a great circuit, one where I have never won, but Ducati here has always been competitive and has been on the podium in the last three years. It’s a good track to keep on developing the Desmosedici and adapting my riding style. In the team we are all optimistic, we’re working well together and I’m sure this difficult moment will be over soon.”
On the other side of the Ducati garage, teammate Andrea Dovizioso says that he’s got the frustration of last weekend out of the way – when he was knocked off for the second year in a row – with a holiday, and is hoping not to repeat last year’s Austin race where he also got in the way of someone else’s crash!
“I was clearly very disappointed after the race in Argentina but now, after a few days’ vacation, I am fully focused on the race in Texas. The Circuit of the Americas is a fantastic track, one of the best on the calendar, and it has totally different characteristics to the previous two circuits in Qatar and Argentina. I like racing a lot at Austin, also because there is a really good atmosphere, both in the circuit and downtown, and I’m up for the battle. It will be a good opportunity to put things right after Termas and I’m convinced that we can be really competitive on this track.”
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