Lorenzo feels he sped up Ducati progress

Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo believes he sped up Ducati's progress in the premier-class in his two years with the Italian manufacturer.

Lorenzo feels he sped up Ducati progress

Having joined Ducati in 2017 after nine years with Yamaha, Lorenzo was unable to mount a title challenge in the two following seasons and ultimately agreed a deal with Honda for 2019-20.

However, he did win three races with the 2018 iteration of the Desmosedici bike, which he has repeatedly described as “the most complete” Ducati – and which many of Ducati's rivals, including Lorenzo's new Honda teammate Marc Marquez, believed to be the the benchmark MotoGP bike by the end of this past campaign.

Asked whether he took pride in the Desmosedici's progress during his tenure with the team, Lorenzo said: “Yes.

"Obviously is maybe not mine to say, but probably without my coming to the team they wouldn't make the evolution of the bike so fast in some areas.

“I believe they discover some areas that they didn't work so much before my arrival, this make me happy but obviously was a matter of time that [technical chief] Gigi Dall'Igna and the engineers get more victories than in the past few years and they fight for the championship.

“With me probably things arrive a little bit quicker and this makes me proud obviously - but they are nice group of people so you will see in the future they will make very good results as now.”

Lorenzo's smooth, corner speed-reliant riding style was not a natural fit for the aggressive stop-start Ducati machine, but after his arrival the Desmosedici bike eventually became more user-friendly and improved its cornering ability.

Assessing the Spaniard's legacy at Ducati, Dall'Igna acknowledged Lorenzo's contribution to bike development.

“To be honest I'm not completely happy about these two years [with Lorenzo], because our idea mainly was to fight for the championship, also with Lorenzo [as well as Andrea Dovizioso], and at the end we didn't reach this target," he said.

“But anyway [Lorenzo] won three races this year, he fight for the podium position in many other occasion. And another important thing to take in consideration is that Lorenzo anyway help us a lot in the developing of the bike.

“So even if we are not completely happy, I think that the balance is anyway positive.”

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont and Matteo Nugnes

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

shares
comments
Tech 3 will "double or triple" KTM development rate

Previous article

Tech 3 will "double or triple" KTM development rate

Next article

Rossi sweeps Monza Rally Show for seventh win

Rossi sweeps Monza Rally Show for seventh win
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021