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When Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) first arrived at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in 2007, he won the 2007 250cc race from pole. That win kickstarted an incredible eight year span of firsts and seconds at the track, including a trio of MotoGP™ victories in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – taking Lorenzo equal with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) as the most successful riders at the track in the premier class since racing returned there.
The good reading continues, too, because last time out at Silverstone, the ‘Spartan’ was only 3.5 seconds off the win – the closest margin yet – which works out as only 0.175 seconds a lap. Closer and closer as Lorenzo gets to grips with life in red, Misano - with his glittering record at the circuit - is the perfect track for man and machine to tackle next.
Jorge Lorenzo: "The Silverstone race had many positive aspects. I finished the closest I’ve ever been from the winner this season and Andrea won and became leader of the championship, so the atmosphere in the team is very good. The aim at Misano will be to confirm the upswing we’ve shown in the last few races, where I’ve accumulated more experience and confidence with the bike. The test we did here was very positive and will be useful in order to have a good starting base right from the first day. In addition Misano is one of my favourite circuits, I’ve won here several times in MotoGP and I’m convinced we can get a good result. For sure the Ducati fans will give us an extra gear with their support from the grandstand and I can’t wait to race for the first time with Ducati at Misano."
4 years ago