A tweak into the fuel tank, in conjunction together with some minor Ducati updates, led to a crude turn around in Lorenzo’s bundles as he scored backtoback wins at Mugello and Barcelona.

He claimed front-running pace from there on, adding a win in Austria and three rods, until injuries derailed the last stretch of his own Ducati tenure.

Lorenzo reckoned he was the man to beat in MotoGP in the mid-season run after his Mugello victory.

“was very particular because I arrive after one year 5 struggling and not so much luck – because I believe the first genuine victory could arrive at Misano last year [if Lorenzo crashed out of the guide ] – but if it arrived as you might see in the images, we like it much, was very special.

“Following race we repeat in Montmelo with lot of seconds of advantage, next [place] at Brno afterward a third [success ] at Austria fighting with Marc [Marquez].

“for just two months we were the best ones. I felt as the king of earth and the awful luck avoid us to secure more successes and podiums.

“Unlucky, however, those things may occur in MotoGP because it’s a risky game. I have years, I have very difficult years like that particular one, but at least we revealed I could manage the motorcycle, I really could ride it very quickly and altogether we made GP18 probably the more complete bike and we should be very pleased about it. ”

Lorenzo, whose 2019 20 cope with Honda was announced three days following his inaugural Ducati triumph, was convinced that he could have mounted a name challenge with the Italian manufacturer in the years ahead had the venture continued.

“You need to be miserable because the actual challenge, trying to get the tournament such as Casey [Stoner] failed in 2007, is done,” he explained.

“We’ve got our potential to do it, probably if we could have more hours we could strive, I will be certain that if I’d keep in the team, I’d be competitive from the first race, not like this year.

“But this will soon be impossible. ”

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Pictures

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