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May 8th, 2019, 12:57 PM   #11
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Lorenzo is only doing it to build up his pension.
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Ducati went out of their way to build a bike for Lorenzo, different frames, tanks, seats, etc.
I do not see Honda doing that for Lorenzo, they know they have a championship winning bike, and they will not try to fix something that is not broken.
I thought the same, but someone here posted a reputable source that stated otherwise. It would be a prudent course of action because Marquez is just one unlucky shoulder injury away from throwing away a championship. And who knows when he's going to decide to try winning a championship on a Ducati? (probably not till he's had his 10th) And then what? A more tractable bike not dependent on freak talent like Stoner or Marquez would be an attractive proposition. Hiring guys like Doohan, Stoner or Marquez is not always a given.
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Dovizioso will certainly be less worried going to Le Mans than his former team-mate. Jorge Lorenzo had a horrible first home grand prix with Repsol Honda – 11th in qualifying, 12th in the race, 14th in the championship – and cannot yet see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I’m sad, disappointed and worried,” he said on Sunday afternoon. “I put everything on the track but I couldn’t go faster. I don’t like the situation, but I’m a champion and champions keep fighting and I will find a solution.”

Lorenzo has a very particular riding technique and therefore needs a very particular machine set-up. At Ducati it took him 24 races to find winning speed and he doesn’t want to wait that long with the RC213V.

In fact the problem he’s having with the Honda isn’t that dissimilar to one of the problems he had at Ducati. It’s all about getting him in the right position during braking, although this is complicated by the fact that the RC213V is a shorter, smaller motorcycle than his previous bikes.

The Honda is much more compact, so I don’t feel really comfortable, especially in braking,” added the three-time MotoGP champion. “I have problems in corner entry because the bike is transferring too much weight to the front.

“I’m braking quite late but because I don’t feel comfortable in braking. I arrive too late at the corner and I make the corner too late. I’d like to stop before and lean before and finish the corner faster with more corner speed and to exit faster. I’m losing a lot of time compared to all the other Honda riders and I won’t be fast until we solve this problem. We need to find solutions; maybe something with the engine-braking or the chassis.”

Old timers here will remember Jum dubbing the 2007 RC213V "the Pedrocycle" and this is it's legacy. At 5.6 and 130 Lbs Marquez is surely the right tool for the job. Funny to think that Lorenzo only one inch taller but 16 Lbs heavier is practically chubby in comparison. The bike isn't bad per se, just too narrowly focused.

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Yeah go figure, even if I buy $20 shoes I have a chance to try them on. No trying the bike you have to race on for next two years. Quite silly, isn't it?
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