SPEEDCORNER.NET – After the first two MotoGP practice sessions in Texas, Jorge Lorenzo was ahead of his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. “The new bike makes it more difficult for us here,” explained the Mallorcan.
“Last year, we had some bumping problems. The new bike makes it a bit more difficult because it is more nervous. More wheelies. But we should stay with the new bike as it is slightly better overall and has more potential if we understand all the details, “said Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo after seventh place ahead of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the first practice day in Austin.
Lorenzo circled the 5.5-kilometer track in 2: 05.487 minutes, which meant a gap of 0.888 seconds on the best time of Andrea Iannone. «In the preseason we were on the road with last year’s vote. This resulted in problems with the new fairing in the middle of the curve. That’s why we did not use the Aero disguise in Qatar. Through a set-up change, we have largely solved the problem. Now I can use the new panel again. I am a driver who has to feel the front with good contact to the asphalt. This disguise helps, although it may make direction changes more difficult. »
“My placement on Friday was not mind-blowing, but not a disaster. I was the fastest Ducati rider in the morning and afternoon. All Ducati riders experience problems here. We just have to make the most of it. Physically, it is very exhausting here, but I have prepared for it. Here we have to make good use of the positive aspects of our machine “, emphasized the Mallorcan.