Jorge Lorenzo is hopeful of a better MotoGP weekend at Motegi and has some new settings to try on a bike he has never ridden at 100 per cent fitness.
Lorenzo has been injured since Aragon 2018 and has never been able to ride the RC213V at full fitness - and he is still recovering from his Assen crash now - but will try a new setup approach this weekend.
“We are trying some different settings but honestly when you want to gain rear grip you lose front stability. So finally you never gain everywhere,” said Lorenzo.
“For the moment we don’t find the right setting for me. Let’s keep trying and let’s see. Here we have some old stuff to retest again that can give us something more.
“Motegi has always been one of my favourite tracks, especially because the tarmac is very flat and grippy, which is always good for my riding.
“So hopefully here we can make a better result than Thailand and especially the last three races, fighting for the points and be much faster.”
When I first signed with Honda I expected much more. Maybe not necessarily to fight for the championship, but not the results that I’m getting now.
“In Aragon I had a foot injury, then in Thailand an injury in the hand, then in pre-season the scaphoid injury, in Qatar I broke a rib and then in Assen I broke the back.
“So I’ve never ridden at 100 per cent with this bike. This has been a big influence on my results. My back feels better, every week I feel small improvements. But it’s a very long process. So slow, the recovery.”