Worrying words from the three-time MotoGP champ after Phillip Island tests.
After only managing a best of 15th on day one of Phillip Island testing, 11th on day two and 8th on day three, Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that: “Something is still not right,” in the Ducati camp.
The frank admission comes after three tests on the Ducati after his switch from the Yamaha last year. With just four more days of testing available to the MotoGP teams before the season opener in Qatar, Lorenzo said: “We have very little time. Something is still not right and we still didn’t discover it.
“We need to discover something that allows me to enter the corners faster to open more throttle and generally go faster in the corner speed. We don’t have the bike, Ducati, with the best corner speed but at this moment Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati – finished Phillip Island tests 11th quickest overall on the 2016 bike) in most of the corners is much faster than me. We have to understand what is going on.”
Lorenzo finished the test a full 0.793s behind quickest man Maverick Vinales and added that the situation: “Is not under control.”
He added: “If we had the potential to go faster here, we’d go faster. We are trying to go as fast as possible but at the moment we are very far from Vinales over a single lap and in terms of race pace we are pretty far. There’s something that we don’t understand. We don’t know what it is.
“Bautista has adapted very well from Aprilia and he’s much faster than me on some corners and there’s something not working.”