No, this isn’t a line from the notoriously famous satire, Dear George. This is what the Spanish rider, who races for Factory Ducati in the premier class of MotoGP, told Movistar TV in a recent interview. The three-time MotoGP champion accused his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso of trying to intentionally undermine his morale.
Lorenzo said in the interview, “Dovi is very intelligent. He has always, during my whole career, tried to undermine my morale. And he’s still doing it as my teammate, that’s nothing new to me. He’s always trying it, if you look at him. It’s the relationship he has through the press with me. But it’s all okay.”
The Spanish rider signed a two-year contract with the Italian team, which is due to be renewed by the end of the season. Lorenzo has had a tough time adapting to the Desmosedici GP motorcycle, and has failed to deliver results. In fact, the 2018 season started with a DNF for the Spanish rider after crashing at the Losail International Circuit in the Qatar GP.
Meanwhile, Dovizioso was on top of the podium in the Qatar GP after a tough battle, which lasted till the last corner, with Honda Racing Team’s Marc Marquez. The Italian rider was also the first runner-up in the 2017 championship with 261 points while Lorenzo was seventh with 137 point. Johann Zarco, who made his debut in premier class of MotoGP and won the Rookie of the Year award, scored 174 points.
We’re not sure how would Lorenzo’s statements about his team mate affect the contract renewal at the end of 2018 season, but it definitely wouldn’t make the management happy.