Ducati’s newcomer Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, will be the faster rider atop the Italian marque.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Ducati’s are notoriously difficult to ride. Perhaps it’s the strikingly different design mentality that the Italian marque offers in comparison to its Japanese counterparts, or perhaps it’s instilled with the fiery passion of its Italian makers – whatever the reason, the MotoGP Ducati bike has always given riders a run for their money; and Lorenzo is well aware of that.
“This bike seems to be a bit complicated to understand. Apart from Stoner, every Ducati rider has struggled. Some of them, like [Nicky] Hayden, found how to overcome the situation. Others, like [Marco] Melandri or [Valentino] Rossi, could never do so.
It’s the opposite for Yamaha, which is an easier bike than a Moto2 or a 250cc machine. It has a lot of electronics; it handles in a sweeter way and it turns great, too.
We’re trying to become as quick riding the Ducati as we used to on the Yamaha.”
– Jorge Lorenzo
Lorenzo seem eager to prove that he can add his name to the tally of riders who have mastered the Ducati ride, but has conceded that for the time being, his teammate Andrea Dovizioso will be leading the lap times:
“Dovi’s experience on this bike counts for a lot. Dovi will probably be faster than me, as he was in pre-season testing. It wouldn’t be unreasonable if it turns out that way, despite me being a five-time world champion and the strong effort Ducati made to hire me.” – Jorge Lorenzo
Lorenzo is wise to not rest on his laurels. The Ducati will take every ounce of his perseverance if he is to reclaim his grounding and speed to become a contender for the 2017 title.