New year, new team! Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo hits the ground running in 2019 with the Repsol Honda Team alongside new teammate Marc Marquez. After almost ten years with the Yamaha team and two with Ducati, we are intrigued to see if Lorenzo can find harmony with the agile Honda. After eleven years in the series, it is evident that this seasoned rider has entered his “fine-tuning” stage of his career. Because of this, we do not expect as steep as projection slope compared to some of the greener riders. Known for pulling ahead to the front of the pack and checking out, it is no secret that Lorenzo stands as a threat to other riders. With three first place podium positions in the 2018 season, we hope to see him maintain his momentum as he joins the Repsol Honda Team.
Below we have provided graphs tracking both his average speed index as well as his average consistency index over time. These graphs represent an annual average with all races combined for the past 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with our indexes, a rider’s speed index is calculated from sector times for every circuit of every race. A rider’s consistency index quantifies their ability to keep consistency sector times on a lap by lap basis. For both indexes, a smaller value = faster sector times with little variation (high consistency).
Jorge Lorenzo was with the Yamaha team from 2014-2016 before joining the Ducati factory team in 2017. After two year with Ducati, the Spanish rider has now joined Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda team.
What do we hope to see from Jorge Lorenzo and the Honda team? Patience, speed and control. Simple right? Wrong. The Ducati vs Honda has a wide range of differences but Lorenzo’s riding style and skill may allow him a smoother transition than fans had anticipated. He is a consistent, aggressive rider who was able to stay on top of the most technically skilled riders (say hello to your new teammate, Marquez) on the arguably most powerful bike (yes, you Ducati). Now take that skill to Honda, a quick yet agile bike that has the ability to fly through technical sections like no other, paired with a rider whose speed and significantly competitive consistency allows him to check out and pull ahead of opponents each lap. This may just be the next dynamic duo.