After claiming his first win in 18 months and his first with Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo said that his hard work and determination has silenced many critics.
Since moving the high profile move from Yamaha to Ducati for 2017, the five-time World Champion has only managed three podiums through his first 23 races, however today Lorenzo claimed his first win in red.
“So many critics in the last year and a half and a lot of suffering with many, many, hours of hard work with my trainer and my personal staff,” said Lorenzo.
“I’ve finally arrived to this dream, I said yesterday it would be a dream and finally I did it. I did it with determination and I have finally got some pieces that have given me the confidence and I’ve demonstrated it. What I said was true and I have my first win with Ducati.”
Ducati had supplied Lorenzo with a new fuel tank this weekend in Mugello, something that both Ducati and Lorenzo were hoping would help him overcome the issues with fatigue and weight placement on his GP18.
“The ergonomics of last year’s bike was different and the fuel tank was slightly higher and had a different shape. With the new chassis they had to reshape the ergonomics and the fuel tank,” explained the Spaniard.
“The others didn’t feel a different but as I said from the beginning I have less support and I would get more tired under braking which I said from the Buriram test. They believed that we couldn’t use a different one.
“In the Montmelo test we used a slightly different one as we didn’t have time to prepare a much different one but finally here we arrived with something big and I could feel something much more different. As I said from Friday it was something different and this gave me the opportunity to relax the arms and save more energy, especially in straight braking.”
Despite claiming his first win at the home of Ducati and Lorezo calling it a ‘dream’ and ‘very, very special’, he dropped a huge hint that he has signed a deal to ride elsewhere in 2018.
“I never lie and I hope from now on that the people believe more in my words,” he said. “This year, for one side of my heart is sad. I am very happy with this victory, very, very happy but one side of me is sad because I believe if I had this modification much before I could tell you that I would continue with Ducati but I cannot tell you that.”