Ducati says it is 'not ready' to mount MotoGP title bid with Lorenzo

Ducati has admitted that it is "not ready" to achieve its stated aim of fighting for the MotoGP championship with Jorge Lorenzo after a tough pre-season for its riders

Ducati says it is 'not ready' to mount MotoGP title bid with Lorenzo

Having signed three-time champion Lorenzo from Yamaha, Ducati entered 2017 expecting to able to build on a 2016 campaign that yielded two race victories - its first in MotoGP since 2010.

But Lorenzo's transition to its 2017 Desmosedici GP bike has proven trickier than expected, and while Andrea Dovizioso did top one day of testing in Qatar, Yamaha's Maverick Vinales has ended all three pre-season tests fastest.

Speaking to Spanish TV network Movistar, Ducati technical chief Gigi Dall'Igna admitted that Ducati may fall short of its target of beating rivals Honda and Yamaha, but praised his riders for what they had achieved in testing.

"Our goal after signing Jorge is to fight for the world championship," Dall'Igna said.

"It's clear that at the moment we are not ready to do it, but we do have solutions to reduce the problems we have.

"We are satisfied with Dovizioso's development work this pre-season.

"Especially at Sepang and here at Qatar the first day he gave us precious feedback to develop the bike.

"In the case of Jorge, there is still a lot of work to do, but I'm happy with what we have done together."

LORENZO DIFFICULTIES 'NORMAL'

Dall'Igna previously worked with Lorenzo during his 125cc and 250cc days at Derbi and Aprilia, and was a key factor in convincing the Spaniard to jump ship to Ducati last season.

The Italian engineer defended Lorenzo's performances during the winter, highlighting the challenging nature of having to switch manufacturers after nine successive seasons at Yamaha.

"Lorenzo is doing a difficult job," continued Dall'Igna.

"Changing bikes is always complicated, especially if you have always been with the same people.

"It's normal that we have encountered some difficulties.

"I've known Jorge since he was a child and it's clear that he has matured.

"He knows what he wants and what he can get, but his character at heart is the same - and I am glad it has remained like it was then."

shares
comments
Ducati's MotoGP pre-season tests harder than expected, says Lorenzo
Previous article

Ducati's MotoGP pre-season tests harder than expected, says Lorenzo

Next article

KTM working on new MotoGP engine spec after troubled Qatar test

KTM working on new MotoGP engine spec after troubled Qatar test
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022