MotoGP: Lorenzo’s aim ‘to get my first win with Ducati’

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Jorge Lorenzo says his goal for this weekend is simple – to try yet again for his debut win on the Ducati machine after making the switch from Yamaha. Edging closer and closer in recent weeks, the Spaniard’s pace in both wet and dry conditions at the last two races means he thinks this weekend could be his chance.

Backed up by strong form at the Motegi track, the Spaniard says he’s confident that good things can happen for him at the Japanese circuit.

“The podium at Aragon was very important for the team and it confirmed that we are going in the right direction. Now the final part of the season is about to get underway, with three back-to-back fly-away races, and my aim is the same as ever: to fight for the podium and try and get my first win with Ducati.

“Motegi is one of my favourite tracks, and I’ve managed to win there on a number of occasions in the past. I think that our bike adapts well to the characteristics of this track and so we’ll have a real possibility of getting a good result.”

However, that might not work out despite the strengths of the Ducati machinery at the Motegi track, he might not have it all his own way as the championship fight heats up for teammate Andrea Dovizioso – another Ducati rider partial to Motegi.

“Motegi is a special circuit, one of my favourites, because you have to brake very hard and I feel sure that we can be up amongst the frontrunners once again on this track. I’m pretty confident because I’ve always scored good results here in MotoGP, twice taking pole and finishing second last year. The next four races will be vitally important in the battle for the title and we’re ready to fight things out right until the very end.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer