Jorge Lorenzo faces the #DutchGP with an unbeatable dynamic. In Mugello and Barcelona he achieved two consecutive victories, his first triumphs as Ducati rider, and since then he has been rained by questions about his chances of fighting for the title this year, before heading to the Repsol Honda Team in 2019. Given this situation, the Mallorcan -which is 49 points behind Marc Márquez- calls for calm: we must keep our feet on the ground and continue working.
At least he has received a reward for his intense preparation, although it is later than expected: “It has been a tough period, in which I have had many problems and I have worked hard to find all the necessary details to be competitive. it was very exciting and it was Mugello and Montmeló “.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, was one of the main detractors of the signing of Jorge Lorenzo, and the relationship between both has deteriorated a lot during the last months. Several crossings of statements, the announcement that Jorge is going to Honda just before winning twice … There are several factors that have complicated the situation and, during the press conference before Assen, asked Jorge Lorenzo for a few words of Domenicali, in which the president asked for the title of this year. The Spaniard was blunt, and also very ironic: “By asking, I can also ask for a Ferrari or a house in the Caribbean, speaking seriously, we all want the title, in any case, we must remain calm and keep ourselves humble. two races and we have to demonstrate many things in different circuits. ”
Jorge Lorenzo admits that, during the last few years, he has not achieved “great results” on the asphalt of Assen, although he recalled that in the promotion categories it was one of his preferred routes. “From 2010 to last year I did not get good results, but every year it’s different, now I have great confidence.” Yesterday I was reviewing last year’s race and saw some Ducati do very well on Sunday, like Bautista, Redding or even Petrucci. We hope that the bike works well here, especially now that we have a good pace, we are going with an open mind and we will see what happens, “he said.
To conclude his speech at the conference, he commented on the possible landing of the F1 cars at ‘La Catedral‘: “I hope that Formula 1 does not come to Assen, first because of the bumps, and second, because they may have to modify the circuit. It would be very strange to see them roll on a track that is completely green outside the track, but everything is possible, I do not know the modifications that would have to be made, but it would be better if they did not come through the potholes. ”