Another season without a race victory in 2018 for Jorge Lorenzo, would be unacceptable says his crew chief Cristian Gabarrini.
The Italian mechanic, who worked with Casey Stoner for the Bologna based factory says there will be no excuses next season if the 5 time world champion does not claim a race victory.
The Italian team were aiming to complete their return to the top of the sport after a number of years in the wilderness, and the Spanish rider made the switch from Yamaha to Ducati in 2017 with the aim of securing a first world title since Stoner in 2007. However, he was overshadowed by team-mate Andrea Dovizioso who challenged Marc Marquez for the title whilst Lorenzo struggled for performances after the switch and could only manage 7th overall.
Speaking to AutoSport, crew chief Gabbarini outlined the process that was taken with regards his performance over the year with multiple goals being revised as progress was made:
At the beginning of the season we focused on Jorge’s confidence with the bike. Later he had to be always in the top five, and finally, he had to fight for the victory no matter the race or the conditions. At the last races he was there, and with two more rounds we would have confirmed it.
This approach to adapting to the bike was a sensible one as it allowed time to adapt to the different characteristics of the Ducati compared to the Yamaha, and allowed Lorenzo time to adapt to his new surroundings. However, it means that in 2018 he is expected to fight for victory in every race and by extension the title. If Lorenzo can do that, and Dovizioso carries his form from this year into next then we’ll be in for a great season.