On Friday the MotoGP riders will go back on track for the final winter test at Doha, Qatar, in preparation for the opening round of the 2017 season that will takes place on March 26th on the same track. There is a lot of expectations for the debut of Jorge Lorenzo with Ducati. Will he be able to win with the new bike in the first race? Is he one of the favorites for the title?
Soup decided to ask his father, the person who spotted Jorge’s ability on two wheels when he was three years old .
Chico Lorenzo is famous for having removed the brakes from his son’s bike to force him to learn to stop it by skidding sideways. Chico has been Jorge’s mentor for a long time but their lives took two different directions. Now Chico attends only a few races but continues to train young riders, looking for new talent and sharing all his experience.
Soup-tastic: Jorge tackles a new important adventure with Ducati. Have you given him some special advice?
“Jorge has evaluated this step of his career very carefully as he had to close an important chapter of his life: nine years and three world titles with Yamaha I didn’t give him any advice, it was up to him to decide. My task is to support him in his choices”.
Soup-fiesta: Do you think that he can be a title contender already in 2017?
“I think that he will mark an era with Ducati. I think he will be competitive and that he can become world champion. The Desmosedici is a very good bike, then of course the final result depends on many circumstances.”
Soup-Burgermeister Meisterburger: How would you describe Jorge?
“He is a very demanding and perfectionist person and the most elegant and finest rider.”
Soup-The Man: What is his main defect?
Chico: “He doesn’t like to lose. He has been like this since he was a kid. He was able to change the rules of the game in order to win. When I was playing with him, he always wanted to win. But I don’t know if this is a weak point. All the champions have this characteristic in common.”
Soup Word Python: What is the strongest feature of Ducati?
“The arrival of Gigi Dall’Igna has represented the start of a new era in Ducati. Jorge and Gigi worked and won together in the 250cc class. They are both perfectionist. Together they make a very good team.”