Paradoxically, what at this point is clearly a crisis that was not expected -read here Lorenzo's adaptation problems-, it’s diluted in the best Ducati start of the World Championship we’ve seen in the last 8 years.
Márquez has accumulated seven consecutive victories at Sachsenring and started from the pole position in all of them. Undoubtedly, Marc is a master of the German circuit. If he wins this weekend, he will become the second rider in history to win the same GP for eight straight years.
The World Championship travels this weekend to Assen, the most mythic circuit in the MotoGP calendar but a scenario that brings not too good memories to Jorge Lorenzo.
He has no tattoos, he doesn’t walk around with sunglasses or a personalized cap; he doesn’t tweet, he does not smile to look nice, he doesn’t even use mobile phone... People say he is shy, it is not true: Johann Zarco is discreet, different.
With the story I’m going to tell you, you’ll understand why I will never forget when, how and where I met Nicky Hayden. It was Friday, November 1, 2002, at the Cheste circuit in Valencia... my name is Marcelo Carbone.
Neither discouraged nor resigned…If anyone thought Marc Marquez’s state of mind would be affected after his crash in Argentina, they don’t know the Spanish champion’s character. “Racing is going for it and that will be my attitude next weekend in Texas from the very first practice session.”
He has been the talk of the preseason and will arrive to the first race of the year in Qatar next weekend as the big favorite. On paper, Maverick Viñales has everything under control...everything.
“The main reason for all these changes is because you realize that through experiences and over time things change and you have to reinvent yourself. You have to find a way to adapt to the times, either with your riding and also outside of it".
The two crossed the finish line looking at each other without knowing who had won and the photo finish to decide the winner however, showed that Lorenzo and Dovizioso had crossed the finish line at exactly the same moment.
For this season, Dani Pedrosa has made revolutionary changes to his environment. A new manager, new crew chief, new mechanics, new assistant and the presence of Sete Gibernau in the garage as a track consultant... So far these changes have shown to be quite effective: much in his style—working away from the spotlight—Dani Pedrosa finished the 2017 preseason brilliantly.
Jorge and Dovi have raced alongside each other year after year in the same category since their arrival to the GPs in 2002. From March 26 they will share the same colors, the same garage and will have, for the first time, the same opportunities.