Jorge Lorenzo believes the tough times he has so far endured in his Ducati career ‘will be over soon’, as the Spaniard gears up for the third round of the season in Texas.
Three-time MotoGP world champion Lorenzo is in the midst of his worst start to a premier class season ever, after difficulties in riding his Desmosedici in Qatar and a crash in Argentina leave him languishing down in 18th in the standings on just five points.
The Circuit of the Americas has typically been a tough track for Lorenzo, the Spanish rider tallying up just two rostrums. Despite this, he is buoyed by the fact Ducati has been on the podium at the 5.5km Texan venue for the last three seasons.
“Finally, we have arrived in Austin and I just couldn’t wait to get here after my crash at Termas de Rio Hondo,” he said.
“I don’t want to think about what happened in Argentina anymore, and even though the results up to now haven’t gone our way, I think we are on the right track to improve. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, I haven’t been able to demonstrate this.
“Austin is a great circuit, one where I have never won, but Ducati here has always been competitive and has been on the podium in the last three years.”
Lorenzo is hoping a change in seating position made during practice in Argentina will allow him to be more at ease on the GP17 and run closer to the front this weekend.
The Spaniard found that sitting higher on the bike, which he had changed after the Valencia test last November, allows him to put more weight on the front naturally and thus make riding the bike less physically exhausting.
This revelation forced Lorenzo to admit his pre-season had been rendered virtually pointless, and he will further explore changes to his bike’s set-up with the higher seating position in Texas.
“We found something important today, some modifications we made on the ergonomics of the bike, especially in the seat of the bike,” he said following Saturday’s running in Argentina.
“When I first rode the bike in Valencia, I felt the bike was quite high compared to my previous bike; I wanted it a bit lower. This was probably a mistake. I think we chose the wrong way and we missed a lot of months (of running in the winter), throw away.
“Now with this position and some modifications we are going to do in the future, we are going to get again the front weight and improve the feeling, at least to stay closer to the other riders.”