Jorge Lorenzo has finished the year in the worst way possible: Jorge Lorenzo Disobeying Ducati’s Suggestion and falling to the ground when trying to catch up with Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco to fight for victory in Valencia. The #99 closes his first year of learning in Ducati, a bittersweet season in which Lorenzo has achieved three podiums and a seventh place in the general classification with 137 points; 18 races in which Jorge Lorenzo has tried to accumulate all the possible experience for, already in 2018, to attack in a definitive way the title of MotoGP dressed in Ducati red.
The Balearic rider has recognized that today’s race has been tough, many laps and with an incredible pace the four or five first riders, it was a pity that I could not get a little further on the start, I came out well, but I’ve been in a bad position for the first and second corner, and I have not been able to overcome positions to be ahead and ride a little better. “
Jorge Lorenzo has run in the fourth position during most of the laps, pulling an Andrea Dovizioso who struggled to keep pace with his partner on more than one occasion. Finally, Márquez’s mistake and the relaxation of Zarco and Pedrosa have allowed Jorge to get hooked to them with 8 laps to go before the checkered flag, with the misfortune of going to the ground in turn six.
“From the first moment I saw that from the front the hard tire was a tad hard in the right-hand corners, there was a lot of suffering to turn the bike,” said the Spaniard. “But it was the last race of the year and I had to try until the end, I gave everything I had from the first lap until the end and I have so much that I fell trying to catch Pedrosa and Zarco. I have already warned the front wheel in the last three or four laps and I knew it was a matter of time before I fell. “
As happened in Sepang, Lorenzo has received on his dashboard the message of Suggested Mapping 8 to let pass his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who was behind his wheel not without difficulties to follow the Spanish. After showing him the message several times and seeing that Jorge did not react, his team put it directly on the board, a ‘-1 Dovizioso‘ that left no room for doubt.
Jorge Lorenzo has said he has seen all the messages but has chosen not to listen to Ducati and has preferred to be guided by his instinct: “Dovizioso did not have rhythm all weekend, he suffered a lot, it is a pity to reach one of the worst circuits of the world for Dovi, if he had reached another circuit, he sure would have been faster, I had rhythm all weekend similar to Marc Marquez, I had the front group seven tenths of me, I knew that despite receiving messages from the team that suggested letting Dovi pass, I knew that the best thing for everyone, for me, for Ducati and for Dovizioso was to keep pulling until the end, since having me in front made him improve that ten or two that he lacked, in fact, the whole weekend was half a second and in the race he was one or two tenths “.
“Unlike in Sepang where I did not see, as I always said, the mappings, this time they have shown me seven or eight times and I have seen them in all”, adds the #99. “Despite that, I knew that it was best for everyone, for Ducati, for my interests, for my first victory, and for Andrea, who knew how difficult it was to continue there, it was best to keep pulling. I am a consistent rider, I take his bike, and the best thing for him, as he said, was to keep pulling, he had enough pace to fight for victory until the end. “
What would have happened if Lorenzo and Dovi had hooked on Johann Zarco and Dani Pedrosa? “If you ask me what would have happened if, little by little, we had reached the first group, and Andrea had been second, I would have gone to the side and would have let Andrea fight for the victory until the end in case he won and Marquez committed an error”, responds the Balearic. “But since it was not being like that, I believed until the end that, disobeying or ignoring Ducati’s suggestion, I was doing the best for the team, as it has been, and I have not been mistaken in my feeling, sometimes there is to be guided by the sensation. “