Jorge Lorenzo has the OK from Ducati to get on the RC213V of the Repsol Honda team during the first pre-season test to be held in Valencia on November 20 and 21. This has been confirmed by the head of Ducati Corse, Gigi Dall’Igna, in a statement to Diario AS in which the Italian engineer also recognizes that this decision is solely his and no one else within Ducati.
“Now we are not thinking about that and I reserve the decision with a bit of calm,” explains Dall’Igna, who then adds: “From my point of view, you can do it” in reference to that first test with Honda that It will be held in Cheste just one day after the end of the 2018 season.
It is not the first time that Jorge Lorenzo goes through this situation. At the end of 2016, the triple world champion of MotoGP also had the approval of Yamaha to test the Desmosedici in this first test of Valencia; However, the factory of Iwata was not so permissive with the Spaniard in the subsequent test that hosted the Circuito de Jerez at the end of November, forcing him to wait until the first Sepang test, already in January 2017, to return to get on your new Ducati.
In Borgo Panigale, however, they do not agree with this policy that Yamaha followed when vetoing Lorenzo’s test in Jerez, which is why Dall’Igna believes that Ducati will allow Lorenzo to also ride on the Andalusian track with his new Honda on the 28th. , November 29 and 30: “It is not sporting to prohibit a rider from getting on his new motorcycle, but some say that this is not only a sport but also a business. I think it’s a wrong reasoning. We will decide when the time is right. “Is the decision made by Ducati or Dall’Igna?” Yes, it’s my decision “, responds bluntly the Ducati Corse boss.
Before this time, Jorge Lorenzo has 12 races ahead to try to win the MotoGP World Championship title with Ducati, an achievement that would be “a dream” as he recognized the #99 after his arrival at the Italian factory. The Spaniard now occupies the seventh position in the overall championship with 66 points, 49 points from leader Marc Márquez.