Jorge Lorenzo is not happy: “Why is Bautista faster than me on last year’s Ducati?”

The past few days testing for the new MotoGP season at Australia’s Philip Island have not been kind to the new Ducati signing.

Taken in isolation you should never read too much into the lap times from testing, but when you’re a former world champion and your brand new, GP17 Ducati is running consistently slower than a rider on last year’s model then perhaps there is something worth investigating.

That’s certainly the stance taken by Jorge Lorenzo after the first couple of days’ testing at Philip Island.

According to reports from Spanish website TodoCircuito, it’s obvious that Lorenzo isn’t happy,

I do not understand why Bautista is able to go faster than I in many corners, and finish in half a second with a lower bike”. 

Bautista, on the Ducati GP16 – last years’ machine – has been lapping more than eight tenths faster than the new, Ducati rider.

But that’s not all that may be troubling the former World Champion; his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso has also been posting far quicker times,


“Dovizioso has also been faster than me, I have to analyze the data.”

Jorge Lorenzo always knew that the decision to switch from Yamaha to the notoriously tricky Ducati was going to lead to a lot of work, now with just weeks until the opening round of the season in Qatar, it’s looking like that work is proving a little trickier than expected.


Source: TodoCircuito



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    February 17, 2017 at 09:58

    JL99 1:29.34
    AB19 1:29.41 it’s too close for JL ?

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    Selwyn Leonard

    February 17, 2017 at 11:04

    @Ducati_RTG Bautista has settled in with the Ducati. You still need to go through that process.

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    Chris Goodman

    February 17, 2017 at 12:45

    Dion, buckle in because its that time of year again…EXCUSE TIME!! We should probably start keeping a spreadsheet so we can accurately track all of the reasons Lorenzo is slow, didn’t finish, crashed out, etc.

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    Dion Eads

    February 17, 2017 at 13:20

    Him and Stoner should be buddies so they can sit around a whine and complain all day

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    Chris Goodman

    February 17, 2017 at 13:29

    Foam in my eyes, Marquez is too aggressive, rain, tires….

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    Guy Brauch

    February 17, 2017 at 17:16

    Dion Eads,wow! you nailed it,these guys think you just jump on and go…get over it whiners.

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    Dion Eads

    February 17, 2017 at 18:43

    Dont forget foggy visor and Rossi is to aggressive

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    Chris Goodman

    February 17, 2017 at 18:49

    Fuck! How could I forget foggy shield?!? Foggy shield, classic Lorenzo.

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    Mick Merrick

    February 17, 2017 at 23:06

    Cause Bautista has BALLS

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    shaun collinson

    February 18, 2017 at 08:08

    because its not a Yamaha your on?

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    February 23, 2017 at 13:22

    I would like to see what Marco could do on the Yamaha.

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    Kev Briggs

    March 13, 2017 at 17:45

    because maybe he’s just faster, either that or his bottom lips not flapping in the wind like Lorenzo’s

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    george broaddus

    April 13, 2017 at 16:52

    ..twist the throttle, Jorge!

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    Diego San

    April 14, 2017 at 08:00

    honestly everyone else is faster than Jorge..

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