Jorge Lorenzo will fight for 2018 MotoGP title - Carmelo Ezpeleta

Jorge Lorenzo will fight for the 2018 MotoGP title with Ducati, believes the series' commercial chief Carmelo Ezpeleta

Jorge Lorenzo will fight for 2018 MotoGP title - Carmelo Ezpeleta

Having spent his entire MotoGP career up this year with Yamaha, Lorenzo has struggled to adapt to a new bike since joining Ducati.

His best results are third places at Jerez and Aragon, and he is currently seventh in the standings and therefore on course for his least statistically successful MotoGP season.

But Ezpeleta believes Lorenzo's recent progress bodes well.

"I believe Jorge will be in the fight for the championship next year," he told Autosport.

"There is no doubt that within Ducati everyone is happy to have him.

"I think Lorenzo is improving, he has been leading in some races for many laps.

"It's true that he still needs to understand better the Ducati and the tyres, but Jorge is doing it step-by-step."

Lorenzo's form has improved since Ducati introduced a new aerodynamic fairing at Brno in August.

He has also led three of the last four grands prix, including for 15 laps at Aragon a fortnight ago before dropping behind Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who has been at Ducati since 2013, is mounting the team's first title bid since the Casey Stoner era.

Dovizioso has won four races this season and goes into the final four rounds 16 points behind championship leader Marquez.

shares
comments
Jack Miller to miss Japanese MotoGP after suffering broken leg

Previous article

Jack Miller to miss Japanese MotoGP after suffering broken leg

Next article

Honda MotoGP test rider Aoyama to replace injured Miller at Motegi

Honda MotoGP test rider Aoyama to replace injured Miller at Motegi
Load comments
How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches Plus

How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches

Forming a ladder all the way from Red Bull Rookies Cup to MotoGP, KTM has created a steady stream of top talents in grand prix racing delivering the Austrian marque with the success expected of the brand. Here's how it has gone about it

MotoGP
Jul 28, 2021
Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant Plus

Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant

Danilo Petrucci’s days in MotoGP appear numbered, as KTM looks to completely reshuffle the Tech3 team for 2022. Though the Italian's 2021 season so far hasn’t been standout, the giant Italian covertly became a top runner in MotoGP across the last decade and brought with him a personality that world sport sorely needs more of

MotoGP
Jul 22, 2021
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet Plus

Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet

Joan Mir’s defence of his MotoGP title has had an underwhelming start as Suzuki didn’t progress its championship-winning GSX-RR as much as its rivals did with their bikes over the winter. Speaking to Autosport, Mir lays out why his title defence has been stalled so far and why he’s confident title number two is still within reach

MotoGP
Jul 12, 2021
The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed Plus

The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed

It's been six years since Jorge Lorenzo gave Yamaha its last MotoGP title in 2015. Since his departure at the end of 2016, Yamaha's form has been inconsistent but it has at last found a new talisman to return it to the top spot in the form of a precociously talented Frenchman who currently leads the standings

MotoGP
Jul 6, 2021
Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties Plus

Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties

On Monday Yamaha announced it will part ways with Maverick Vinales at the end of the 2021 season - a move requested by the rider. As the already strained relationship between both parties in MotoGP hit rock bottom in recent weeks, this divorce - as ORIOL PUIGDEMONT writes - is good for both Yamaha and Vinales for a number of reasons

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2021
The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Plus

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012

MotoGP
Jun 24, 2021
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Plus

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

MotoGP
Jun 22, 2021
How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Plus

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021