MotoGP »

MotoGP: Lorenzo, Dovizioso on track at Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo makes short run with special fairing during mammoth 82 laps at Jerez, set-up work for Andrea Dovizioso.
Fresh from the season-opening Qatar MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso took part in a private Ducati test at Jerez on Wednesday.

Lorenzo, who finished eleventh on his Desmosedici debut at Losail, rode for a mammoth 82 laps, including a short run with the special yet-to-be-homologated 'hammerhead' fairing.

Interestingly, an image posted by Lorenzo with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro (who rode the day before the race riders) appeared to show a possible new version of the fairing, painted red and white, in the background:

Dovizioso, a close runner-up to Maverick Vinales in Qatar, completed 51 laps (race distance 27 laps) as he worked on general set-up ahead of next month's Spanish Grand Prix.

No times were issued, but the day was described as 'quite positive', with Lorenzo 'working well' and track conditions 'perfect'.

The Jerez race was a tough event for Ducati last season, with Andrea Iannone taking the chequered flag in seventh place, 26-seconds behind race winner Valentino Rossi.

This week's outing marks Ducati's first use of their five available private test days, starting from November's Valencia finale.

Repsol Honda held a private one-day test at Jerez last month, while Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales spent two days at Sepang in November, alongside Tech 3's Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco.

At the same time, Jack Miller completed two days for Honda at Jerez, where the satellite Ducati teams (Pramac, Avintia and Aspar) also rode for two days, and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone one day.

Aprilia and new manufacturer KTM are not yet subject to the five-day private testing limit, which only applies to race riders.

Pirro is expected back on track on Thursday, while round two of the world championship takes place in Argentina next weekend.

By Peter McLaren





Cal Crutchlow - Career Profile by Crash_net



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lorenzo, Qatar MotoGP test, March 2017
Aegerter dash
Miguel Oliviera - KTM RC16 MotoGP
Morbidelli, Bagnaia, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Luthi, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Alex Marquez crash, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Bagnaia, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Navarro, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Manzi, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Quartararo, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Corsi, Bagnaia, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Corsi, Bagnaia, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Quartararo, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Schrotter, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Cortese, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Cortese, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Luthi, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017
Alex Marquez crash, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Codger

March 30, 2017 11:39 AM

For those who have only just started watching, or have short memories, Dovi has finished the year in the top 5 of the Championships 10 times (somebody correct me if I've got that wrong) and in the top three on 4 occasions ( ditto with correction ). It could be argued that I am biased but there is no way that Dovi is 'mediocre' Can't wait for Jorge to get up to speed.



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.