Jorge Lorenzo comes to the Misano exam with many doubts in his head. Before understanding how competitive he can be on the Honda, he needs to carefully evaluate his health. The Silverstone round really put #99 to the test, though he was able to complete the race.
The situation is far from simple for the Majorcan. As if that weren't enough, Alberto Puig has now decided to put pressure on the Spaniard, stating that Jorge's problem is not technical but instead related to courage and desire. Lorenzo is quick to respond.
“These are the team manager's considerations and I respect them. The only thing I can say is that every time I've tried to push with the Honda I've ended up on the ground, hurting myself, particularly the last time”.
“The Assen incident left me with the most serious injury of my career and this conditions everything else. In the end, I'm human and when many accidents come one after the other, it's natural that you start to feel unsure on the bike. I think that I'm currently 70% limited by the injury and 30% limited by my lack of confidenve with the bike. I remain highly motivated though, as I've been racing for many years”.
The Spaniard has no intention of giving in.
“We each have our own way of dealing with certain situations. During my career, I've crashed many times and have recovered and returned to the track stronger than before. The last accident left a mark, but I'm back here to find those good sensations and competiveness that I had before Assen”.
Attention turns to Jorge's health.
“i feel better compared to how I was at Silverstone, but I'm not 100%. To be honest, I don't know how competitive I'll be at Misano, we'll find out on Friday morning”.
Lorenzo is upset about all the problems he's facing.
“We can't compare this experience in Honda with that in Ducati. Unfortunately, right from day one of testing with the Honda, I've struggled physically, as I'd already crashed at Buriram. Then the winter crash compromised the Malaysia test. It's a pity, because I've not yet been able to push to the max with this bike. It's already tough to be 100% when you're not at the top, but it's even more complicated now I'm having to deal with my health”.
Lorenzo prefers to remains cautious.
“I don't want to risk too much, as I'm still recovering from the most serious injury of my career. As I've said, my goal is to get back into perfect physical shape and find that competitiveness I showed at Jerez”.
In the meantime, Marquez is already looking to 2020, using recent test sessions to try parts for next year.
“before the Misano test, I talked with the team and told them I didn't have the necessary pace to test the new bike. It would have been really rushed, as I wasn't in the best condition. If I'd have been 100% I would definitely have tested it”.
His last comments regard his future. Rumours persist regarding a possible retirement.
“I have a contract for 2020 and have no reason to leave Honda. Anything can happen in life, but right now I'm not thinking about leaving this team, as my goal is to get back to being competitive”.
Audio recorded by Matteo Aglio