MotoGP Test: Lorenzo Seems Happy With Ducati

"He had a big smile on his face as he returned to the garage after his first laps.”

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Pablo Ciabatti, Ducati Sporting Director says that Jorge Lorenzo was happy with the first-day test. After nine years with Yamaha, the Spaniard joined the Ducati Factory team for the 2017 MotoGP season.

The decision to join the Italian marque raised some questions in the paddock and all over the media. The biggest of them all was, can he manage to adapt to the Desmosedici, which is considered as the most demanding and difficult-to-ride bike in the MotoGP paddock.

But, the three-time MotoGP World Champion stunned everyone yesterday by setting the third fastest time of the day. For understanding the behaviour of the Ducati machine, he went out on the current-spec GP16.

The top two spots were claimed by his Yamaha replacement Maverick Vinales and former teammate Valentino Rossi. Halfway through the test, the Italian legend had a huge crash while testing the 2017 Yamaha M1 and luckily, he was uninjured.

After the test, Ciabatti told the media, "It has not been a shock for Jorge. He had a big smile on his face as he returned to the garage after his first laps. He has relaxed and has realised that the Ducati, while a different bike to Yamaha, is not something from another world.

"The first day of this new adventure has been very positive from both sides. Jorge's feedback is good."

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:01 [IST]
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