Jorge Lorenzo may leave the Ducati team later this year, the Spanish press reported.
Ducati Consider Lorenzo Resignation – The information comes after the bad performances of Jorge Lorenzo with Ducati. The highest ranked place the rider had on the grid was 18th in the championship with five points and is the worst man to compete with a Ducati motorcycle this year, being beaten even by all satellite riders, from Reale Avintia Racing (Hector Barberá, Loris Baz) , The Pull & Bear Aspar Team (Karel Abraham and Alvaro Bautista) and the OCTO Pramac Racing men (Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci).
The news report that Jorge Lorenzo, despite the words of encouragement of Gigi Dall’Igna, general manager of the team, is in the sights of the anger Ducati leaders. The performance this year and the way he reacted after falling on the first corner at the Termas de Río Hondo, pushing the Desmosedici to the ground, already in the gravel, did not fall well in the bosom of the Italians.
The big problem is the adaptation of the #99 to the Italian motorcycle. Dovizioso, his team-mate with the same machine was fast and in good shape in Qatar … but he has far more experience with the Desmosedici, while Lorenzo has a long way to go with his new GP17.
Farewell Jorge Lorenzo is the option the Spanish newspapers are predicting, but it is certain that this would imply the payment of a damn compensation to the Mallorcan. Still this means that this is an option on the table.
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The 11th place in Qatar and the fall in Argentina, put the Ducati racing team on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The plan would be to wait three or four months to see how the Spanish evolves. If the results continue in this way, Ducati can even advance with the dismissal of the 2015 champion, having already elected Casey Stoner as a great substitute.
If the departure of the Spaniard from Ducati looks unlikely, Stoner’s full-time entry into the team seems almost impossible.
In any case, one thing is certain: Lorenzo’s performance at the Ducati leaves little to no expectations.
Video: Lorenzo’s surprising reaction after falling in Argentina
Yes, it is a bit speculative but let’s see what Jorge Lorenzo has to say about it
Lorenzo: “It’s hard to see the positive side, but I’m positive”
“The only positive thing about the GP is that I did not get hurt and we found my position on the bike,” he says.
Jorge Lorenzo remains calm despite how difficult are his first steps in Ducati. The eleventh place in Qatar and the crash in the first corner in the Argentine GP.
“Whenever you get far behind in the grid it’s pretty chaotic in the first corner, I’m not really used to it. I had made a very good start, had advanced four or five positions and some brake late and I have decided to go inside and suddenly I do not know why, maybe I have accelerated too much in the middle of the curve or maybe Iannone has slowed down a little, but all of a sudden I found myself with his rear wheel on top of me and I have touched it and I went outside of the curve.
“What does it feel like?”
“The only positive of the weekend is that I have not hurt myself and we have found my position on the bike and also I understood a little more the way to stop the bike entering the corners and to be more competitive, although we have not been able to materialize it on the track. So far we have always been changing the bike, I have not been able to concentrate on adapting to a specific base and now it seems that we already have a standard basis. In the warm up I have been much more consistent than ever, I do not know if it’s really fast to a lap but very steady. We have found the way to go much better but we are not having, for some reason, the luck to be able to make more dry kilometers and prove it.
“Would you like Austin’s race was right now, or more time to reflect?”
“I would get on the bike right now so I could ride around.” I hope to have good weather in the United States to confirm the improvement that I think we have made. From the outside it is very difficult to see the positive side, but we are very positive.
Let´s hope Jorge Lorenzo shows everybody wrong!