News 7 Mar 2019

Lorenzo admits competitive package will form over time

Multi-time world champion adamant on strong showing at MotoGP opener.

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Jorge Lorenzo admits his Repsol Honda package is competitive enough to fight with the best in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, however it will form over time as he acquaints himself with the RC213V.

Transferring from Ducati to Honda for this season, Lorenzo’s progress aboard the title-winning machine has been limited due to a broken wrist ruling him out an all-important test in Sepang last month.

Despite inadequate seat time, the multi-time world champion is adamant he can achieve a strong result at Losail International Circuit’s opening round in Qatar this weekend.

“Lining up on the grid in Qatar is something I have been picturing during the entire off-season,” Lorenzo commented. “It’s a new era for me and for the team, it is a special moment to be riding for the Repsol Honda Team. I am ready to give everything to achieve the best results I can on the Honda.

“Unfortunately I am not yet at my maximum with the bike, but I still believe we can achieve a good result here in Qatar. As with every year, MotoGP is looking very competitive and we certainly have the package we need to fight with the best after some more time. I know we can achieve greatness.”

Lorenzo will join reigning champion Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda this season, making one of the strongest rider line ups on the grid.