'Bad days' will hurt Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP resurgence - Crutchlow

Jorge Lorenzo's campaign to get back into the MotoGP 2018 title fight will be hampered by his "bad days" being worse than his rivals', according to LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow

'Bad days' will hurt Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP resurgence - Crutchlow

Lorenzo has made a recent breakthrough with his Ducati Desmosedici GP18 bike, winning back-to-back races at Mugello and Barcelona.

While he remains 49 points behind Marc Marquez, Lorenzo and several of his rivals have insisted he could still feature in the title battle.

Crutchlow conceded Lorenzo wasn't out of contention, but reckoned the two upcoming venues - Assen and Sachsenring, which have yielded no better than a pair of third-place finishes for Lorenzo since 2012 - could damage his championship hopes again.

"He's riding the Ducati very well, but the Ducati, in one way, seems a lot like the Yamaha now anyway, for the corner speed, for the way that the bike can turn," Crutchlow said.

"So, he's found the rhythm of being able to be in that consistent zone that he can always go in. And once he finds that, you're always in trouble.

"But I think places like Assen and Sachsenring, he will struggle a lot more than somewhere that he loves, like Mugello and [Barcelona].

"Honestly he could be 10th. And he's not going to be like Marc or like Dovi [Andrea Dovizioso], that's going to be third or fourth on a really bad day - or Valentino [Rossi].

"If he's going to have a bad day, he's going to have a bad day."

Lorenzo mentioned Assen as a question mark for his title resurgence, while Marquez has specifically targeted putting an end to his future team-mate's charge at the Dutch venue and the subsequent Sachsenring race.

"Lorenzo is gathering momentum, it's time to stop him as soon as possible," Marquez told Spanish TV after the Barcelona race.

"These [Mugello and Barcelona] are two very similar circuits, straights and acceleration.

"We have to stop the streak, at Assen and especially in Germany."

shares
comments
Dani Pedrosa expected Honda MotoGP exit since 2016
Previous article

Dani Pedrosa expected Honda MotoGP exit since 2016

Next article

Iannone's 'special' Aprilia MotoGP deal has options beyond 2020

Iannone's 'special' Aprilia MotoGP deal has options beyond 2020
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes Plus

Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood Plus

How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood

Wayne Rainey, who’s paralysed from the chest down, will ride his 1992 500cc world championship-winning bike again at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The American motorcycle legend explains how he's preparing to thrill on his first visit to the famed hillclimb

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2022