Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and teammate Andrea Dovizioso pulled off a historic feat for Ducati in Mugello, claiming the Bologna factory’s first 1-2 finish at the circuit. Now, the duo head to the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya hoping a repeat is on the cards.
Lorenzo was untouchable in Tuscany on board his Desmosedici GP18, with the Spaniard confident he can fight for the victory again at the Catalan GP - a track he finished fourth at last year. “Victory at Mugello confirmed everything that we have believed in since the start of the season and that I have been saying over and over again: we weren’t that far away from being competitive and victorious,” explained Lorenzo, who has four wins in the last eight years in Catalunya.
“Now we have a clear direction to follow and every time I get on the bike I feel better, so Montmeló will be another good opportunity to confirm that we can always fight for important results. Now that everyone knows what my future for next season is, I can safely say that I’m totally focused on the Catalan GP, and that I’ll be giving my utmost for the Ducati Team, aware that the win in Italy has done wonders for my morale. Montmeló is a circuit that I love, it’s my home track and this always provides that little bit of extra motivation.”
On the other side of the garage, Dovizioso will be hoping he can reproduce his victory at the Catalan GP last season this weekend to strengthen his Championship position. The Italian, who sits 29 points behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the overall standings, took second at his home Grand Prix last time out and heads to Barcelona full of confidence.
“In the last three races we have been fighting for the win on three totally different tracks so I know that we are working well and that we are quick. We must continue to stay calm because lots of things can happen in every race and you have to have a clear head to bring home the best possible result. In the Barcelona test, but also in the one at Mugello, we were slightly slower than our rivals, but in MotoGP it is clear that the time over a single lap is not so important, and so we go to Barcelona very excited and full of confidence.”