Reportedly under a gag order from Yamaha through the end of his contract on December 31, Jorge Lorenzo is finally opening up to the media about his new team and his new bike. Yamaha also restricted Lorenzo to a single test on the Ducati last year … at Valencia following the final race. Now, Lorenzo can test regularly, beginning at Sepang later this month.
Having seen the Ducati riders’ success last year (including two wins), Lorenzo was expecting his new bike to be good. Immediately quick at Valencia, Lorenzo stated “I knew that I would be relatively fast and that I would be comfortable, and so I was.” Lorenzo says he also won’t have to change his smooth style despite the Ducati’s past reputation as a bike requiring the rider to wrestle it, rather than finesse it around the track: “I was convinced that I wasn’t going to change my style despite riding a Ducati, and it won’t change … I may modify some small details and evolve, but the bike will not make me change my style.”
Lorenzo opined the Ducati is already a very good bike, but, of course, has areas needing improvement. Apparently, Lorenzo gave valuable feedback to Ducati following the Valencia test, and expects to ride a refined machine at Sepang. Lorenzo will be working with former World champ Casey Stoner this year, who serves as a test rider for Ducati among other roles.
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