MotoGP Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo believes that the Italian marque can stand to learn a thing or two from its former employer.
While it may not seem like the best strategy to have – talking up your former employer to your current employer – Jorge Lorenzo’s recent comments regarding Ducati taking a page out of Yamaha’s book isn’t far off the mark. Having enjoyed success under the blue banner, it’s no secret that Jorge is eager to replicate that under his new crimson one. Lorenzo has suffered a horrible start to the 2017 season, but even his teammate – Andrea Dovizioso – has lamented Ducati’s fate thus far.
Lorenzo commented on a potential development path for the Desmosedici, saying that he believes a tactic akin to that which Movistar Yamaha employs toward rider-friendliness is what Ducati needs in order to reign in its incredibly powerful engine:
“Yamaha and Ducati are two very different manufacturers, with two different philosophies. Yamaha was always obsessed with the chassis, with making the rider’s life easier.
Ducati, on the other hand, has opted over the past 10 years to produce the most powerful engine and to manage it with good electronics.
Maybe now we need to change priorities and, apart from continuing to develop the engine, try new types of chassis to make turning easier and make the rider’s life easier.” – Jorge Lorenzo
Lorenzo went on to clarify that the problem with the bikes isn’t wheeling away as one would suspect, but rather losing contact on the front end on many portions of tracks:
“We lose some contact so in some areas we have to close some more throttle, we lose a little bit more than the other brands.
They decided to change the rules, so we have to adapt our evolution with these rules.
So many accelerations [at Austin], we don t have the same force in the front. But it’s like that, we have to forget that and work to improve the bike without the wings.” – Jorge Lorenzo
Although the external winglets were banned, Ducati has still yet to utilize their radical “Hammerhead” internal fairing design. Speculation would suggest that the design is still far too risky to be brought out during a Grand Prix, but if Ducati’s string of failures continues, we may very well see a radical shift in development from the Italian marque.