MotoGP: Mileage important for Lorenzo in Argentina

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Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo says that the key thing this weekend is to get more mileage under his belt as he continues to adapt to the Desmosedici machine after making the switch from Yamaha ahead of the 2017 season.

Lorenzo had a worse start to the season than expecting first time out in Qatar, coming home a distant 11th and admitting that there’s still work to do before he’s ready to win races on the red machine.

“In Qatar the world championship didn’t begin the way we wanted but now we have to turn over a page and carry on, by focussing on the next race. I can’t wait for the Argentina GP weekend to begin so I can accumulate more mileage and experience on the Ducati. Even though Termas is a circuit where I have suffered a bit in the last few years, it’s a special track; last year the Ducatis went really well and I think I will be able to make another step forward. We have to remain focussed and start to work with a setting that allows us to be quick as soon as possible, because here in Argentina everything is new for me with the Ducati.”

However, that might be easier said than done according to teammate Andrea Dovizioso, thanks to the combination of weather forecast and the challenges of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit’s conditions.

“This track is really particular: the conditions change a lot between Friday, when the track is very dirty, and Sunday, and usually we always find the best conditions in the race, because the track improves a lot after each session. In any case Termas is a good track and we have always gone well here. We will tackle the weekend in Argentina pretty excited following the good result in Qatar and after last Wednesday’s test at Jerez, which proved to be quite positive and which allowed us to get some good work done.”


Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer