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MotoGP Italy: Lorenzo: Dovizioso 'good team-mate'

“It's good to have Dovizioso as a team-mate... But obviously for me it would also be okay if Iannone stayed” - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo insists he would have been happy to work with either Andrea Dovizioso or Andrea Iannone at Ducati next season.

Earlier this week the Italian factory announced that Dovizioso had been retained to partner new signing Lorenzo, with Iannone later confirmed as moving to Suzuki.

“Lot of [rider] movement during the last three or four days. I think it's good to have Dovizioso as a team-mate. For me he has always been a very clever guy, very logical and I hear that he is very good in testing the bike,” said Lorenzo, the reigning world champion and 2016 points leader.

“But obviously for me it would also be okay if Iannone stayed on the team. He is very fast and his riding is very similar, so for me both them were good team-mates, but was the decision of Ducati. I will be more conscious of it in seven-eight months. Now I have Rossi as team-mate. We are at Yamaha and a long way to finish this championship.”

Lorenzo was speaking on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, an event he has won four times in the last five years and been on the podium every year since 2009.

“There are tracks where you can find more you limits, or take advantage of your strong points. Mugello is one of these. It's probably my favourite track. Where I get the best results in the last six-seven years,” he said.

“The surface, layout of the track is also my favourites. Not just results. The corners, chicane and braking points make this track more helpful for me.”

Lorenzo's second victory of the season last time at Le Mans put him five points clear of Honda's Marc Marquez at the head of the world championship standings.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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May 19, 2016 7:42 PM

Realist: While I do believe it was Ducati's decision, I also believe that their decision was heavily influenced by a number of things, one of them being that Dovi would be an "easier" wingman rather than a title threat to their lead rider.
100% agreed. Dovi has spent most of his career on top factory equipment. He is the perfect #2. And while AI is faster, and has done more than his share of development mule work for the D16, he simply doesnt have #2 mentality. AI belongs somewhere where he can get #1 status. This worked out well for everyone.


May 19, 2016 7:29 PM

Realist....that doesn't mean that they will stop listening to Dovi though does it? Unless Jorge does a 'Stoner' it will take a while for him to get up to speed. Meanwhile Dovi will be putting in solid performances as usual.

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