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MotoGP, Lorenzo: "Retire? No, I'll have a competitive bike in 2019"

Jorge: "I'll be racing 100%, I have various options and you'll know more in Barcelona. Mugello? After the Spanish tests, I'm very confident"

MotoGP: Lorenzo: "Retire? No, I'll have a competitive bike in 2019"

What will Jorge Lorenzo do in 2019? Will he go to Yamaha? Will he retire? Will he continue with Ducati? This is the question on everyone's lips ahead of the Mugello weekend, and Majorcan is quick to address the matter.

Contrary to what's been reported in the press, I can say 100% that I will be racing in MotoGP with a competitive bike - states the Borgo Panigale rider - we are evaluating different options, but I can't say too much for now”.

There are those who envisage a possible return to Yamaha, despite the fact that the Japanese manufacturer may support a Rossi team in the future. Lorenzo is giving nothing away.

I don't want to say anything, you'll know more at Montmelò”.

Attention then turns to Ducati, and the comments made by Domenicali in recent days.

I don't want to comment on the CEO's remarks  – replies #99 – he is the boss and I have to respect what he says. I'm not a great rider, but I consider myself a champion and my aim is to improve and try to win with the Ducati”.

Mugello could therefore be an opportunity not to be missed.

“This is an important race, but it won't be decisive for my future. As we all know, it's the home round and I've won several times at this track. I like the track and it suits the characteristics of the GP18”.

Despite the difficulties encountered along the way, Lorenzo has no intention of giving in.

“Ducati has invested a great deal in me and I have to do my best to grow together with the bike. I still believe that I can obtain an important result".

Jorge comes to the Italian GP after testing at Barcelona.

I tested a different tank at Montmelò and it helped me in terms of braking, so I have high hopes for Mugello. This year's problems relate to the change in ergonomics. Last year the situation was different, but I am now very confident, as I was fast in the tests, particularly in terms of race pace. Zarco and Vinales only got ahead of me in the final phase”.

His final remarks regard Zidane's departure from Real.

"I have great respect for Zizou, he won three Champions with Madrid, making history like Guardiola with Barcelona. I'm sure he'll train a great team." 

 

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Translated by Heather Watson

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