Lorenzo focused on feeling, not times
17 February 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo says that establishing a comfortable feeling with Ducati's Desmosedici GP17 is of more importance to him than fast lap times over the pre-season period.
Lorenzo placed eighth on the final day of MotoGP's second test at Phillip Island, three-quarters of a second slower than Maverick Viñales, who has taken his place at Yamaha.
He wound up 11th (1.1s back) and 15th (1.3s back) on the first two days.
"Today we made an important step forward to better understanding the bike, just like we did on the final day of the test at Sepang, and my lap times improved a lot," said Lorenzo.
"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 times are not as important as feeling on the bike and understanding the most efficient way to ride it.
"We've still got a lot of work to do, especially to get the bike to turn in the corners, [but] in any case, all things considered, I think that we finished this test in quite a positive way."
Andrea Dovizioso, preparing for his fifth season at Ducati, finished just under a tenth clear of Lorenzo on the final day, and admitted that the GP17 is not completely to his liking either.
"Overall it was a good test, and above all, I'm happy that I managed to do my times when it was the right moment, and this makes me feel good," he said, reflecting on events.
"However, I'm not completely satisfied [yet], because we still haven't managed to totally improve several characteristics of the bike, so we have to put more effort into our work."