Lorenzo: Ducati treat me better than Yamaha

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New MotoGP Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo feels more valued
by his new team than he did by former employer Yamaha, where it
felt like he was just an employee even after having won three
world championships.

Team Ducati, who have not had a MotoGP world champion since
Casey Stoner in 2007, signed up three-time MotoGP champion,
Lorenzo, after he had spent nine years at Yamaha.

Going into this weekend’s opening race of the season in Qatar,
Lorenzo told Autosport, what impressed him at Ducati
was the large number of Ducati engineers on hand to assist him
with anything which the same could not be said of his time at

“That’s something I would have liked to change in Yamaha,” said
Lorenzo. “I used to see [Marc] Marquez’s garage full of
engineers. I asked for that but it never came.

“In Ducati, they treat me with a kind of admiration; in Yamaha,
I felt just like any other employee. I could be an important
piece of the thing, yeah, but in Ducati, they respect and
admire me a lot.

“They know they hired me in order to develop a better machine
and to take a step ahead in performance.”

Lorenzo added what helps at Ducati is the hands-on approach
that general manager and technical director Gigi Dall’Igna
takes to handling things. 

“Despite being a warm-blooded Italian, Gigi is cold,
perfectionist and has a method,” Lorenzo said. “He’s a mix of
German, Japanese and Italian. He’s got a strong method and I
think Ducati changed a lot since his arrival.

“The main difference from Yamaha is that Gigi is at a different
level than the rest of the engineers, but you just can’t see
that because he’s completely integrated into the group.

“When the rider comes in he and the rest are on their knees to
listen to him. In Yamaha, the highest engineers don’t have too
much contact with work in the garage.

“Dall’Igna is a much closer person and that makes it possible
to solve problems very quickly.”

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