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Jorge Lorenzo sprained his ankle in the practice sessions leaving his bike to be fixed and his ankle iced. Lorenzo has been struggling since day one and it was a very tough day for the Ducati rider. It was a bad crash for Lorenzo in that it was fast and hard hitting. The Spanish rider walked away without any fractures which is very lucky. Upon entry to his press debrief, Lorenzo, was sore and battered though upbeat considering his negative points this weekend. “It was a very difficult day in the office, we did not start well. Today in general it was worse. The crash from this morning did not help. The setting of the bike compared to yesterday made our day really difficult. If it is dry we will try the new normal fairing to see how I feel though I do not have so much trust but you never know. I don’t think this race we can improve so much. Maybe, three tenths or four tenths. We need to fight though even with a struggle.” He was not able to improve the bike and it appears the original settings from Friday will be utilised. The race will be long and he will fight to the finish. “Dovi is in good shape, physically and mentally with the bike, he is doing well. He crashed in FP4 so he lost a little bit of confidence probably. Most Ducati’s are struggling more than other tracks. I was wishing the new pieces we introduced throughout the year would help but we struggle somehow more or less.” 

Jorge was asked about his ankle and pushing through the pain. It is something he will just do with pain killers to assist and when the adrenaline kicks in, his mind will be focused on something else… that being racing on the limit. At Phillip Island, anything can happen with the weather and no doubt Lorenzo will give it his best as Ducati continue charging for the title with Andrea Dovizioso. “The crash in FP3…. I just enter the inside and enter the front wheelie on the white line and I lost the front. I feel pain on the ankle walking, a lot of pain, on the bike, I am not the same as yesterday though I can manage. The problem is that if you can not push so much with the foot, you use more the upper body and so you get more tired. Everything is a consequence in that way. It will not be easy. Very physical track. Will be tough though we have to do our best. Pain killers and go for it till the end.”

Lorenzo was then asked about the pain barrier. “Just take the pain killer, this helps to feel less the pain. When you are warmer and there is less pain on the bike, you push more”.

Credit: Deborah Wedes & Myanna Wedes

Credit: Deborah Wedes & Myanna Wedes

Credit: Deborah Wedes & Myanna Wedes

Credit: Deborah Wedes & Myanna Wedes

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Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.