Now that he has triumphed on board the red bike, Jorge Lorenzo does not want to stop. The championship lands in Spain and the Majorcan is ready to surprise the home crowd. Hopes are high ahead of the Catalunya round, where #99 has not won since 2015.
He is not lacking in confidence right now: "Victory at Mugello confirmed everything that we have believed in since the start of the season and that I have been saying over and over again: we weren’t that far away from being competitive and victorious. Now we have a clear direction to follow and every time I get on the bike I feel better, so Montmeló will be another good opportunity to confirm that we can always fight for important results."
As well as winning the Italian GP, Lorenzo has been at the centre of market talk, having recently confirmed his move to Honda: “Now that everyone knows what my future for next season is, I can safely say that I’m totally focused on the Catalan GP, and that I’ll be giving my utmost for the Ducati Team, aware that the win in Italy has done wonders for my morale. Montmeló is a circuit that I love, it’s my home track and this always provides that little bit of extra motivation.”
The Catalunya track conjures up good memories for Andrea Dovizioso, who win his second race of 2017 at the very same circuit: “In the last three races we have been fighting for the win on three totally different tracks so I know that we are working well and that we are quick. We must continue to stay calm because lots of things can happen in every race and you have to have a clear head to bring home the best possible result."
The GP18 is definitely growing in terms of its performance: “In the Barcelona test, but also in the one at Mugello, we were slightly slower than our rivals, but in MotoGP it is clear that the time over a single lap is not so important, and so we go to Barcelona very excited and full of confidence.”