Jorge Lorenzo is pleased with Casey Stoner's new role in the Factory Ducati Team. For next season, Stoner will be helping Lorenzo as a coach. Back at Yamaha, Wilco Zeelenberg acted as the rider's coach for Lorenzo.
The Spaniard had worked alongside the Australian during the post-race test at Valencia. Then, both the champions exchanged opinions and Lorenzo took several pieces of advice from the Aussie, who is the only man to win the title with Ducati.
During an event in Madrid for one of his sponsors, Lorenzo said, "The relationship with Casey is very good. He's a very smart guy, very observant and who gives good advice. Also, despite having not competed for several years, he arrives in a circuit and is capable of going quicker than the works riders.
"It would be interesting to have him in the garage, but we haven't talked about it yet, although we will shortly.
"One of the problems is that he's very happy in Australia, and in order to help me he would have to move to Italy. I believe he's convinced and we'll see if he finally agrees on something with Ducati."
Since his decision to move to Ducati, Lorenzo has been evaluating two possible advisors to help him in the Borgo Panigale team. Those two were Stoner and Max Biaggi.
But recently, Biaggi took the charge of Mahindra Moto3 team in the Italian championship (CIV). Maybe that move has ruled him out of working together with Lorenzo.
Gigi Dall'Igna, Ducati's technical boss has admitted that the factory's intention is to increase Stoner's involvement and it looks like the things are going in the right way.