Lorenzo: Le Mans race struggles down to "stamina"

Jorge Lorenzo says the physical demands of Ducati's 2018 MotoGP bike led to him struggling for "stamina" and tumbling down the order in the French Grand Prix.

Lorenzo: Le Mans race struggles down to "stamina"
Listen to this article

Lorenzo darted to the lead from the second row at the start of the Le Mans race, and headed the pack for nine laps.

Unable to pull away, however, he began to slow down and started to drop positions, completing the 27-lap event in sixth place.

"Basically today my main problem was that physically I couldn't support, I don't have a good support in the fuel tank, to keep my stamina during all the race," Lorenzo said.

"I am suffering this from the beginning, and in tracks like Austin and here, that you have a lot of hard brakings, I suffer a little bit more.

"With this bike we still don't find the solution, because last year bike was different, in the ergonomy [design] of the old bike I suffer less."

The Spaniard believed he would've been able to keep his rivals at bay for longer if he didn't begin to struggle physically.

"We have a good braking, I brake very aggressive, very strong at the beginning, and we have a good acceleration, I'm very good in the pick-up area [on corner exit]," he continued.

"But just every lap is a little bit more difficult to keep the corner speed you need to slow down to turn the bike, and they were getting closer so finally they overtook me.

"We have to try to improve that - for sure, if they improve that, for them will be more difficult to catch me.

"And if we improve this direct problem of the ergonomy of the bike, I can keep my energy for longer, until the end of the race, and be more fresh to think, to ride and to attack also in case they overtook me, no?"

Lorenzo stressed that his physical shape was not the problem, and that the crux of the issue was not in his training regimen but in the shape of the fuel tank on the 2018 Desmosedici.

"I'm training harder than ever, I'm stronger than ever, I'm doing whatever it takes to be better, I'm much better than two years ago, three years ago," he underlined. "But it's a question of ergonomy.

"This bike in the braking has a different fuel tank, shorter, more forward. [It] doesn't support and it's more demanding in that area for the arms than last year's bike, so we need to find the solution."

Lorenzo said he and Ducati will look for fixes in MotoGP's upcoming midweek test at the Barcelona circuit.

"In Montmelo we're going to try many things to solve this problem because with more energy I believe I could be faster and closer to the winner," he said.

Additional reporting by William Zinck

shares
comments
Crutchlow explains Le Mans hospital ordeal
Previous article

Crutchlow explains Le Mans hospital ordeal

Next article

Miller hails Le Mans as his 'most convincing race'

Miller hails Le Mans as his 'most convincing race'
Load comments
The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022 Prime

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022

Rider salaries in MotoGP have dropped significantly in the last four years, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic. But it has also changed due to a change in contractual models followed by manufacturers. German Garcia Casanova investigates.

MotoGP
Jan 26, 2022
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve Prime

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Prime

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Prime

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the 2021 MotoGP title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and a revitalised Marc Marquez. Read on to see who makes our top 10 list.

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Prime

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Prime

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Prime

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Motorsport.com's pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021