Jorge Lorenzo is still bearing the signs of the violent highside he suffered at Motorland. The Majorcan is upset about what happened ten days ago, also because the Ducati rider doesn't know if he'll be able to compete at Buriram.
#99 continues to worry about his physical condition: “The crash at Aragón not only ruined my race, but it could also compromise this weekend’s at Buriram. I’m not yet 100%, my foot is still very swollen and I don’t know how much pain I’ll feel and even if I’ll be able to put my boot on, but I want to try and race here in Thailand."
Lorenzo doesn't want to admit defeat though, and is trying to remain optimistic: “I’m still disappointed because expectations were high at MotorLand, but now I can’t do anything but try and give my utmost in the five remaining races. We must think positively and even though the pre-championship test here at Buriram didn’t go very well for me, the situation has changed a lot over the season. On Friday morning we’ll get a better idea of my condition and if I’ll be able to ride, even though it’s not going to be easy for me to be competitive in this situation.”
Andrea Dovizioso is in very different spirits, arriving at Chang on the back of a win at Misano and a second-place finish at Aragon. During the winter tests in Thailand, the Italian was confident with the GP18: “The Buriram track is very strange and we have never raced there so it will be a totally new situation for everyone. In the tests in February here in Thailand we didn’t do too badly at all, but now I think that we are much more competitive than what we were at the start of the season."
The Borgo Panigale rider prefers to keep his feet firmly on the ground: “We’ll have to see what the conditions are like because it might be hotter than in Malaysia and this will surely affect the race, but above all it looks like we’re already in the rainy season, so everything can happen.”