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."

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