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Lorenzo: “The team and the bike are ready to win”

Five-time World Champion talks 2017 and the year ahead as the Ducati Team present their project for the season

Before the first test of 2018 soon gets underway at the end of January at Sepang, it’s presentation season – and Ducati were first. Unveiling their project for the season in Borgo Panigale, Jorge Lorenzo spoke about his first year in red and how he feels going into his sophomore season.

Lorenzo: "My goal is to create the best Lorenzo ever"

“2017 wasn’t easy for me, because I didn’t win a race,” says the Mallorcan of his switch to the Desmosedici, “and at the start of the season I couldn’t fight for the podium. But I was patient and I never gave up. I enjoyed constant, steady growth and we’re now ready for the 2018 season. We had better and better results throughout the year. Teamwork was very important and Ducati helped me a lot to adapt the bike to my riding style.” That’s borne out race by race, with better and better pace and positions for Lorenzo as he gained traction. Now, it’s time to look ahead once more.

Ducati launches 2018 bike in Bologna

“I think both the team and the bike are ready to win,” affirms the Spaniard. “Andrea and the Desmosedici have shown we have everything we need to fight for the Championship, and I think I have the strength and experience to fight with him. My target is to keep growing, doing better and better, and offering the best Jorge Lorenzo ever. I believe in our possibilities a lot and I’m sure we’re stronger than we were a year ago.” That positivity continues in his thoughts on the new livery and the GP18: “I like the bike a lot. It has a really modern and technological look.”

Finally, Lorenzo spoke about Ducati itself, and how it feels to line up with the mythical Italian marque: “Being at Ducati is a special thing for me. I’m proud to have taken on this challenge and I’ve felt like part of the family from day one. I’d like to repay the passion and support we feel from the Ducatisti all over the world with victories and, if possible, the Championship.”

The first track action of the season gets underway soon at Sepang for the first test, before Qatar awaits with the first 25-point haul up for grabs.

Highlights from Ducati's 2018 launch event