Everyone was expecting a brilliant Jorge Lorenzo on the shores of the Adriatic, and on the first day of practice, the Spaniard lived up to expectations. In fact, only 160 thousandths of a second kept the Majorcan from taking the top spot in the combined standings, confirming his and Ducati’s potential. “This morning the grip was rather low compared to the tests – began Jorge – and that is probably because of the rain yesterday. In the afternoon, the situation improved and with the new gyre, both Dovi and I did very good times for it being Friday.”
The good news keeps coming for number 99.
“The most positive thing is the fact that we still have a good margin for improvement in terms of the bike setup. We can take a big step forward. The pace with a used tyre was good this afternoon. The race is still a long way off, but we started well.”
It would seem that Ducati is currently the best bike on the track, and if the rider title seems out of reach, the same cannot be said of the manufacturer title, since there are only 28 points that need to be made up on Honda
“As far as I am concerned I will try to be fast and to win, but also to be consistent, finishing on the podium when it isn’t possible to win. Dovi is a smart rider that way, so I think we will be able to earn points, also given the slightly negative moment for Dani (editor’s note: Pedrosa). If it isn’t possible to win the rider title, it would be nice at least to take the manufacturer title and the team title.”
The issue on the decision explained by Carmelo Ezpeleta was also discussed, of not repeating what happened at Silverstone, namely cancelling a GP in the event of adverse conditions, but racing on Monday or Tuesday.
“I think it is the right decision. It is a gesture of respect to the spectators who paid for their tickets. It is not right to cancel the Grand Prix, but it would be right to race having everything already set up to do so. I am in favour of this idea, obviously as long as the conditions are in place to be able to do it.”