Jorge Lorenzo plans to give Ducati's long awaited 'downforce' fairing an early debut in this weekend's Czech Republic MotoGP.

After scrapping their initial 'hammerhead' design seen in winter testing, due to top speed issues, the Italian factory has been working on a revised version behind closed doors.

The new fairing was given the seal of approval from Pramac's Danilo Petrucci and development rider Michele Pirro in a recent private test at Misano. The three GP17 riders - Andrea Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Petrucci - are now expected to use the fairing at Brno.

"We are planning to use it tomorrow, the fairing," Lorenzo confirmed. "If we have it, it's better to try it as soon as possible, just in case it is clearly better so you have more time to make some set-up changes."

Ducati were at the forefront of the previous external winglets, banned at the end of last year, but which Lorenzo was still using when he made an encouraging debut for Ducati in November.

"Especially front contact," Lorenzo said, when asked about what he hopes to gain from the new fairing. "A Valencia we made the test with wings and I felt - different than with the Yamaha - but I feel quite great. I finished third on the first day and eighth on the second day.

"I liked a lot the stability on the front, the front contact. Without the wings we had some difficulties in the Phillip Island test and probably in the first nine races. So hopefully this fairing - I don't know if it will arrive at the same level as the wings - can get close to this front contact. For riders like me that need this safety on the front it can be very useful."

Lorenzo starts the final half of the season ninth in the world championship with a best Ducati finish of third, at Jerez.

"Well honestly I expected better results," said the triple MotoGP champion. "That's the truth. And I expected a faster adaptation to the bike. It has not been easy. Apart from the last two races, I think we went better and better, but the steps were very small. I wasn't going from one race to another race and suddenly everything was resolved.

"We are at this moment further than I would like to be, but we are also not as far away as to be impossible. In Jerez I finished third, in Montmelo I almost got pole position. I lead the race at some tracks. So we just need two or three tenths to pass from these 'normal' results to fight for wins. We are not as far as it looks."

 

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