Ducati is one step from an historic result, or rather winning four consecutive races. It has never managed to do so in MotoGP, but at Aragon it is possible with either Dovizioso or Lorenzo. The Majorcan was very fast in the Motorland test and some have him down as favourite, if not “untouchable” at the Spanish track.
“Thanks for the compliment, but it seems premature seeing as we've not ridden yet - he responds - Marquez is strong at this track and the Honda has improved its engine, but the Ducati is a more complete bike than it was in the past and so anything is possible”.
It's not just the Desmosedici that has improved, as Jorge himself seems to have taken a step forward, using past difficulties to become stronger.
“I think my strong point is my head - he explains - It is this that has allowed me to improve throughout my career. When I was young I raced with riders that were more talented than me, but who never managed to win a race or a title, while I achieved five. In fact, I'm surprised when journalists say that I'm mentally weak, when actually the opposite is true”.
He's also showing his strength on track, but Lorenzo doesn't want to get ahead of himself, despite strong results in testing.
“Clearly testing a few weeks before a race is an advantage, even if it's difficult to say to what extent - he explains - We know which path to take, but the conditions over the race weekend are always different to those of the tests”.
Speaking of that test day, some journalists insinuated that Petrucci and Dovizioso were testing a 2019 prototype. An indiscretion denied by both sporting director Paolo Ciabatti and Lorenzo himself.
“In Ducati they guaranteed that I would be treated the same as Andrea until the end of the season and I have full confidence” he confirms.
Jorge concluded by touching on the 'Fenati case’.
“Based only on that gesture, Romano is unjustifiable - says Jorge - But there was a cause, episodes that let him to act in that manner, and Manzi is an aggressive rider. If we look at Fenati's career, aside from the Ajo kick during a practice, he's never done anything wrong. He just has an impulsive character and needs to calm down. I was like that too, though I never did anything like that, and I worked on myself, together with specialists, to improve. Anyway, I don't think it's right that his current and future teams have terminated their contracts with him”.