Ducati needs 'impossible' gains to beat Marquez to '18 MotoGP crown

Jorge Lorenzo believes Ducati would need to make an "impossible" gain of "two or three tenths" for its riders to challenge Marc Marquez for the 2018 MotoGP title

Ducati needs 'impossible' gains to beat Marquez to '18 MotoGP crown

Lorenzo followed team-mate Andrea Dovizioso home in a Ducati 1-2 at Brno, and the pair are the early favourites for victory this weekend as the Red Bull Ring favours the Desmosedici bike.

But Marquez's consistent form has left Dovizioso and Lorenzo 68 and 76 points adrift of the Honda rider respectively, and Lorenzo is not convinced Ducati can make enough of a step for him to overcome such a deficit in the nine remaining races.

"We still need two or three tenths of speed to be able to win four or five races in a row and recover so many points to Marc," Lorenzo said.

"For the moment still this is impossible, because the power is more or less equal for more or less all the brands, so it's difficult.

"Marc is competitive at all the tracks, he doesn't crash much at this moment.

"MotoGP is MotoGP, everything is possible, it's a dangerous sport.

"You can have an injury, you can break the engine, but for the moment the difference in points is so much and I don't see us winning five, six races in a row."

Dovizioso agreed that recovering the points to Marquez was "very, very difficult", and stressed Ducati needed to find more performance before he could think about the championship.

"Until we are really good in every area, it's really difficult to recover a lot of points to Marc," said Dovizioso. "Marc in a bad situation is [still] on the podium, so it's difficult.

"We know in MotoGP everything is possible, and the mentality is 'until the end, we will try.'"

Ducati has won both Austrian Grands Prix since the Spielberg venue's return to the calendar in 2016, with the marque benefitting from its power-sensitive layout.

But last year the battle for victory between Dovizioso and Marquez went down to the wire, and the former is convinced this weekend will not yield an easy win for Ducati.

"I expect this year the competitors are a bit stronger because everybody increases the power, the winglets and so maybe they will be closer," he said.

"Already last year Marc arrived with me [up front in the race], so I don't think it will be easy."

Danilo Petrucci, who rides a 2018-spec Ducati for satellite team Pramac, offered a similar assessment.

"It's not one of my favourite tracks. I have to enjoy the fact that Ducati here have been always fast, but I don't think we have any more advantage [than] we had, for example, in 2016," he said.

"The other manufacturers closed the gap with the engine, so we don't see always Ducati fastest with a lot of kilometres gap. We are there, more or less."

shares
comments
Pol Espargaro lost feeling in arms and legs after Brno MotoGP crash

Previous article

Pol Espargaro lost feeling in arms and legs after Brno MotoGP crash

Next article

Vinales: Split with MotoGP crew chief Forcada wasn't just my call

Vinales: Split with MotoGP crew chief Forcada wasn't just my call
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Marquez , Marc Marquez
Teams Ducati Team , AB Motoracing
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar Plus

The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar

The MotoGP season kicks off this weekend in Qatar - two years after it last visited the Losail circuit for a race weekend as last season's round was called off. As ever, the pecking order is difficult to map out at this early stage of the season, but perhaps the 2019 race offers some clues as to how things might shake out...

MotoGP
Mar 27, 2021