By Troy Siahaan
One of the biggest news stories in MotoGP for 2019 is Jorge Lorenzo leaving Ducati after two years and joining the factory Repsol Honda team, replacing the now-retired Dani Pedrosa. The move comes as a bit of a shock for a few reasons, but it also pairs the three-time MotoGP World Champion with five-time – and reigning – champ, Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo has been forbidden from speaking due to his contract with Ducati, but now that the new year is here Lorenzo’s Ducati obligations are now over, which means he’s free to talk. In this interview with Red Bull, Lorenzo’s new energy drink sponsor, he talks about what’s to come for the new year, how he thinks he’ll do, and what he’s excited about the most. You can see the interview in the video below. A transcript of the interview will follow if you missed something.
How excited are you for the 2019 season?
I am very excited as everything has changed again. Two years ago, I changed completely: the team, the bike, and the people surrounding me and working with me. And now I do it again! For one part it is more difficult, as when you stay on the same bike you get better and better and better as you know more secrets and get to the maximum more easily. For another part, you have the challenge and the excitement. I have this extra challenge and excitement the rest of the riders do not have. You lose for one part but you gain for another.
What do you expect from the new Repsol Honda bike?
It was all great at the Valencia test, the first time I jumped onto the Honda, and the second time in Jerez, everything was unbelievable in the team. The team is so …read more