Spaniard prepared for Repsol Honda debut at post-season test.
After missing the last four races due to injury, Jorge Lorenzo will return to action this weekend at Valencia’s MotoGP World Championship finale, marking his last outing in Ducati Team colours.
Repsol Honda bound Lorenzo believes his wrist injury has improved drastically in the last two weeks since attempting to ride at Sepang, and is hopeful of putting in one final strong performance for the Italian squad prior to his departure.
“I will be riding on Sunday,” Lorenzo declared. “I think I’m quite well to be able to ride, in Sepang I wasn’t or I wasn’t able to fight for anything important. “But the injury has improved a lot in the last 10 days so now I feel good enough to try and achieve the best result possible for the team.
“It will be an emotional race because it will close an important chapter in my career. Maybe the rain will help me a bit to not stress the injury too much in the recovery too. I’m looking forward to getting on the bike. The first person I had to demonstrate something to was myself, but not even that because I always believed I can go fast on any bike it’s just a question of time.
“We’ve seen changing bikes in MotoGP is very difficult, the level is so high and every small bit of time is so important. In tenths you go from winning to losing ten positions. It was just a matter of time and with that time I showed I was competitive enough to win races. Not fighting for the target I wanted to achieve at Ducati, but here the good moments were very good and I want to give them the last present of a good race on Sunday.”
The multi-time world champion will experience his first taste of the Honda RC213V on Tuesday at the post-season Valencia test.