Jorge Lorenzo feels he and Ducati still have “a lot of work to do” before he is completely comfortable with the Desmosedici GP, although he did believe progress had been made. The three-time MotoGP champion was eighth fastest after three days at Phillip Island although he didn’t feel he maximised the best circuit conditions on Friday.
With one more test to go at the Ducati-friendly Losail, Lorenzo hopes to iron out the front end issues with his new machine to ensure he is competitive at the opening round at the same venue.
“Today we made an important step forward to better understanding the bike, just like we did on the final day of the test in Sepang, and my lap times improved a lot. It was a pity that we were not able to use the soft tyre this morning, when the track conditions were ideal, because I think I could have got my time down by another three-tenths. But, as I said, for me at this moment the times are not as important as the feeling on the bike and understanding the most efficient way to ride it. For the moment we’ve still got a lot of work to do, especially to get the bike to turn in the corners. In any case, all things considered, I think that we finished this test in quite a positive way.”
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fractionally faster in seventh but the Italian agreed with Lorenzo that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“In these three days at Phillip Island we have managed to get through a lot of work, gathering lots of useful information. We worked hard on the set-up and on several aspects of the chassis, further improving the feeling. Overall it was a good test, above all I’m happy I managed to do my times when it was the right moment and this makes me feel good. However I’m not completely satisfied because we still haven’t managed to totally improve several characteristics of the bike and so we will have to put more effort into our work.”