Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo sees his woes grow as he crashes out on the first corner of a race that he desperately needed a better performance in.
Poor Jorge Lorenzo. He’d jumped on the Ducati bandwagon in the hopes that he’d be able to be one of the riders who’d surmount the infamously difficult Italian machine and come out into the season blazing. Unfortunately, the exact opposite has taken place. Suffering from a lack of impactful pre-season tests, the newly-blooded Ducati rider managed only to place 11th in the season opener race in Qatar. As he stepped forward onto the Argentinian track, the Spaniard had high hopes for his second performance.
Those hopes were quickly dashed as Lorenzo crashed out of the race on lap one & turn one after he clipped the rear wheel of Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, which sent him tumbling across the track and out of the race. Lorenzo was understandably upset with his result – saying that he is glad he was not injured in the crash, but loathes having to wait so long before hopping back atop the Desmosdeci again:
“It was a nasty crash. It was a long time ago, maybe Australia 2009, that I don’t make the first corner, very disappointing.
I needed more than ever to find the kilometers and the laps to keep the improvement we made during the weekend with the position of the bike, with the way of riding using more the rear brake to stop the bike.
In the warm-up I felt very good, got a good start, but on the first corner I decided to go into the inside, there was a lot of bikes there and somehow, I found the rear wheel of Iannone.
I touched him just a little bit and the bike was going into the other side and I crashed. Very disappointed.” – Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge’s woes with Ducati are certain to have put an incredible amount of pressure on the Spanish rider, who – after all – was hired by Ducati to win races. While Ducati has been notorious for having a bike that is not only difficult to learn, but difficult to master – unless your last name rhymes with “boner” that is – he’s going to have to start bringing the points in unless he wants to see his career with Ducati turn out to be a flash in the pan.