Lorenzo: Ducati bike 'increasingly mine'
18 May 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo says he feels that Ducati's Desmosedici GP17 is "increasingly mine" after a breakthrough podium at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Lorenzo, having switched from Yamaha over the winter, endured a tough start to his Ducati career, taking only 11th in Qatar and ninth in the US, either side of a first-lap fall in Argentina.
However, at Jerez, he made early progress to rise from eighth to fourth, before overhauling Johann Zarco for third, and finishing behind only the Honda riders.
Lorenzo's result took him up to ninth in the championship standings on 28 points, 13 behind his team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso (fifth position).
"Following the good vibrations we had at Jerez, we are now at Le Mans, which is another circuit where I have good memories," commented Lorenzo.
"I have managed to win [there] a number of times and in different categories.
"I have to say, however, that every circuit has its own story, and here we'll have to see how my Desmosedici goes with the new tarmac.
"The most important thing is to maintain the positive spirit that helped us to get onto the podium at Jerez.
"From Austin onwards, there has been [a] considerable improvement, especially in terms of sensations, and I'm starting to feel the Desmosedici [is] increasingly mine."
Dovizioso has not been on the podium since his second-place finish at the season-opener in Qatar and is eager to return to the front at Le Mans.
"In Argentina, but above all in Texas, we were in a bit of difficulty," said Dovizioso, referring to a retirement and sixth-place finish.
"At Jerez, on a notoriously insidious track for us, we were quite competitive, even though we finished the race at quite a big gap from Pedrosa.
"I think that Le Mans could be a more favourable circuit for us, especially because we will be racing on a new track surface, which means good grip."