MotoGP
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
11 days
R
Andalusian GP
24 Jul
-
26 Jul
Next event in
18 days
R
Czech GP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
31 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
38 days
R
Styrian GP
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
46 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
66 days
R
Emilia-Romagna GP
18 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
74 days
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
81 days
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
95 days
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
102 days
R
Teruel GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
109 days
R
European GP
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
123 days
R
Valencia GP
13 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
130 days

Lorenzo not tempted to follow Zarco's example

shares
comments
Lorenzo not tempted to follow Zarco's example
By:
Sep 21, 2019, 4:41 PM

Jorge Lorenzo has dismissed the idea of quitting the Honda MotoGP team a year early in the same way Johann Zarco has done with KTM.

Zarco requested his two-year KTM deal be terminated early last month as he failed to find any form on the RC16, with the Austrian team sensationally announcing he would be dropped from its line-up ahead of this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix.

Lorenzo has endured a similarly miserable time in his debut Honda season, with the triple MotoGP world champion yet to register a top 10 finish in a year marred by difficulties in adapting to the RC213V from the Ducati and numerous injury setbacks.

Read Also:

A shock return to Ducati with Pramac for 2020 was mooted during the Austrian GP weekend, before confirming his intent to see out his two-year deal with Honda.

When asked after qualifying 20th at Aragon – one place behind Zarco’s KTM replacement Mika Kallio – if he had again considered quitting Honda a year early, Lorenzo replied: “I’m struggling a lot, it’s not an easy situation.

“Obviously I’m much less happy in the races than my time with Yamaha when I was winning races, or last year when I was winning races with Ducati.

“A competitive rider cannot be happy finishing so [far] behind, but I’ve always been a fighter and I want to find some solutions with this bike and try my best.

“As I told you, a lot of people ask me this question, and I say in my mind at this moment the possibility of giving up doesn’t appear in my mind.

“I have a two-year contract with Honda, so for the moment I’m going to keep [going] and let’s see if we can improve in these [final] races.”

Lorenzo branded Zarco’s decision to walk away from KTM without the prospect of a race seat next year “courageous”, but is not wholly convinced it was the correct one.

“He suffered a lot changing from an easy bike to a bike that is difficult like the KTM,” he added.

“You get used to the Yamaha [which Zarco rode in 2017-18], it’s always difficult to jump to a very different bike. So he lose a little bit of patience, the motivation, he was not happy.

“So, in my opinion, it was a courageous decision to forget about the contract and the other benefits he has and just stop.

“It’s that in the last races he was faster and he was closer to [teammate] Pol [Espargaro] for example. But he [already] made a decision, he was not happy anyway.

"So, we have to respect his decision. I think he’s brave, but intelligent or not? I don’t know.”

Read Also:

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team

Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

Next article
Espargaro "almost crashed three times" tailing Marquez

Previous article

Espargaro "almost crashed three times" tailing Marquez

Next article

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales fastest in damp warm-up

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales fastest in damp warm-up
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Author Lewis Duncan