Lorenzo Visits Sepang, Ducati Listening Closely

Jorge Lorenzo was present at Ducati’s Sepang test, observing current test and development rider Casey Stoner. Just how much weight is Ducati throwing behind their Spaniard newcomer?

Staying true to his Superstar title, Jorge Lorenzo was present at the first rounds of Ducati’s test at Sepang. Although he won’t be hopping on the bike himself until next Monday, his presence shows a keen interest in being as close to the metal as possible when it comes to developing the Ducati bikes for the 2017 season.

MOTEGI, TOCHIGI - OCTOBER 16: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP leads Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team during the MotoGP race during the MotoGP of Japan - Race at Twin Ring Motegi on October 16, 2016 in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
MOTEGI, TOCHIGI – OCTOBER 16: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP leads Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team
during the MotoGP race during the MotoGP of Japan – Race at Twin Ring Motegi on October 16, 2016 in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Let’s be real here for a moment – Ducati is lucky to have Lorenzo. They couldn’t have hoped for a better rider to reignite their team heading into 2017. Lorenzo has made it clear that he’s selected Ducati as the vehicle for his hopes of building the end of his MotoGP legacy, and Ducati seems to be well aware of that.

You don’t often get a chance like Lorenzo as a team, and you’d be stupid to pass it up. Whether it’s a reinvigorated team spirit or a fire under their ass, Lorenzo’s presence at the Sepang test so early shows that Ducati is heeding his consultation very closely.

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But it’s not all just professional oversight and grim determination for the Spaniard. Ducati Corse GM Gigi Dall’Igna has said that Lorenzo “already feels [like] part of the family”. Keenly aware of what Lorenzo’s presence so early on the track might indicate, Dall’Igna has commented that the visit was normal, adding:

“Jorge is a different kind of rider and I think that he would like to understand what we want to do to improve the bike.” – Gigi Dall’Igna

You’re god damn right he is, Gigi. A different kind of rider that is going to be your ticket to giving Yamaha and Honda a run for their money well into 2017 and beyond.