Jorge Lorenzo left Yamaha and came onboard Ducati in 2016. In that MotoGP season, he didn’t score a single podium finish. He said he is still getting used to the race bike. Ducati understood the situation. However, today, things are a bit different. As per the folks at crash.net, Ducati is going to decide its future with Lorenzo after Mugello.
After experiencing a bad phase in the 2016 season, both Ducati and Lorenzo were optimistic about the 2018 season. So far in the season, Lorenzo has pushed hard to catch other fast riders, but he has been unsuccessful. He said he is having some trouble with the ergonomics of the bike, something to do with the shape of the fuel tank.
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati sporting director, says, “If this chemistry doesn’t start to work at the level we expect, which is fighting for winning races, fighting for podiums, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to continue. I think what we decided with Jorge and with his management is to wait until after Mugello.
He continued, “Obviously at the end of last season was very promising, the Sepang test was fantastic. Then the Thailand test was a disaster and then some ups and downs. He was very competitive in Jerez. Unfortunately, that accident probably took away a podium from him and Andrea.”
“Here he was doing a great first nine laps and then losing lap-by-lap and finishing sixth. As he said in his press conference he is struggling with the ergonomics and the position of the bike, with the shape of the tank. They are things that can be fixed; we already worked on those, but in the end [it was] not enough because he cannot ride at the same rhythm for the whole race.”
“Having said so, what we said is, let’s do the first three European races and then we will sit together, and see, first of all, is he happy with the bike, is he able to fight for the position that he deserves, and also is he able to fight for the positions that Ducati wants from a rider at his level. I think it’s pointless to go on and on and on and make something work if it doesn’t work.
‘This approach is positive on both sides. I think on the other side even Jorge isn’t happy to continue if he still keeps struggling and is not able to fight for winning races. He won so many Grand Prix in his career that last year was the first year when he didn’t win a single race. So far the situation is even worse.”
Lorenzo is a talented rider. There’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, he’s unable to get in sync with the Ducati bike. Whatever the reason could be, it is harming both Ducati and Lorenzo’s career. We really hope that things turn around for the Spaniard, and we see him finish at the podium in the upcoming race at Mugello.