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Jorge Lorenzo in pit box at Valencia 2017.

Alex Debon to help coach Lorenzo

Alex Debon will join the coaching team of Jorge Lorenzo next season in a bid to improve the performance of the Spanish Ducati rider.

The ex-250cc rider will be present at each race during the new season, to help coach Lorenzo at each track. He was present at the Valencia round and tests afterwards, and will now join full-time. He will be tasked with observing Lorenzo at each track and coaching him in a bit to improve his race performances. In 2017, Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was assigned as a coach to the Ducati rider, but due to his testing and racing commitments was unable to be present at each track.

Alex Debon made over 150 race starts in the 250cc and Moto2 categry between 1998 and 2010. He claimed two victories and finished fourth in the championship in 2008. He has a history with Lorenzo as well as as he was test rider for Aprilia in 250cc in 2006 and 2007. Lorenzo won the 250cc title in both seasons and Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna was with Aprilia at the time.

Lorenzo made a high profile switch from Yamaha to Ducati at the start of the 2017 season and there was thoughts that he could be a title contender. However he struggled to adapt and finished on the podium only four times in the season. In contrast, team-mate Andrea Dovizioso came second in the championship which was only decided on the last day.

Debon’s appointment will hopefully improve performance for the 2018 season, which could see an exciting title race between the factory teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.