Jorge Lorenzo already knew before arriving at Ducati that 2017 would be a tough season. The Spaniard has finished his year in the premiere on board of the official Desmosedici GP17 harvesting his worst result in the premier class: 137 points, three podiums (no victory) and a 7th place finish that does not improve his 2008 figures, when he made his debut in MotoGP with Yamaha finishing fourth with 190 points and one victory.
2017 has been a year of transition for the #99, with a constant evolution from less to more. However, his best result of the year came in Sepang, in the penultimate round of the season, when he finished second.
This was confirmed by his chief mechanic, Cristian Gabarrini, at the Autosport.com portal: “The objectives have been changing as time went by, at the beginning, we focused on Jorge having confidence with the motorcycle. top five, and finally I had to fight for victory regardless of race or conditions. “
Gabarrini, who last year led the technical team of Jack Miller at LCR Honda, was already with Casey Stoner in 2007 when the Australian added his first MotoGP title with Ducati. The Italian engineer believes that Jorge Lorenzo had needed two more races this year to have reached the top of the podium: “In the last races I was there, and with two more races we would have confirmed it“.
Looking ahead to 2018, Gabarrini is clear that his rider must be up from the first race: “If next year we find the same problems as in 2017, we have no excuse, another season like this would be unacceptable.“
And he praises the effort of the Spanish rider when it comes to adapting to the Desmosedici, a bike radically different from the Yamaha M1 that Jorge Lorenzo has riden for eight seasons: “Jorge Lorenzo was able to adapt his style to take advantage of the strengths of the new bike, he tried very hard to do things that did not come naturally to him to be fast, and with the Yamaha he knew how to recite the bike at any time and he has had to learn the same with the Ducati, saying that he has not lost his style, his essence, he has only adapted. ”