After sitting out the last few races due to injury, #99 Jorge Lorenzo, our 6th and final MVP rider for this week is back! We are excited to see him back in the game for a few reasons:
His historical indexes reflect a strong competitor on the Sepang International Circuit with linear improvement year to year
- Lorenzo’s has a unique ability to adapt to various circuit configurations, utilizing the power and handling of the Ducati
- We miss watching #99 fight to the front, check out, and lead the group
As an MVP rider, Lorenzo ranks 2nd out of all 6 riders based on his historical combined index of 23.9174. Now let’s do what we do best and dissect this number and break it down by sectors.
Out of all 6 MVPs, Lorenzo holds the strongest sector 1 combined index which is no surprise when looking at the sector configuration (major Ducati territory). With an unmatched speed index, Lorenzo has historically dominated this sector with Rossi and Dovizioso close behind. When you add his unmatched speed in sector 1 to his competitive consistency where he is ranked 2nd after Iannone, you can begin to picture him utilizing this sector and pulling ahead of his opponents, creating a larger gap lap by lap.
Sector 2 is a battle between Lorenzo and Zarco where Lorenzo holds the historically fastest sector times but has yet to match that with his consistency. During his debut season, Zarco proved he was not to underestimated and currently holds the highest consistency out of all our MVPS in this sector.
An area of improvement, sector 3 is a potential danger zone for Lorenzo as his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso holds the most competitive historical speed index. Ducati vs. Ducati, Lorenzo must study Dovizioso on this more technical section to round out his performance on the Sepang Int. Circuit.
Moving into sector 4 we are back in Lorenzo AND Ducati territory where a tight right hand turn opens into a long straightaway, leading the riders into a left handed hairpin turn before flying down the last straightaway and last section of the circuit.
There is no doubt that Lorenzo has some of the most competitive sector times out of all the riders racing this weekend. But as we know, consistency is crucial if you want to stay ahead of your competitors. So what do we hope to see from #99 as he (finally) makes his way back onto the track? Similar sector speeds as he has previously shown but an improvement in consistency through all sectors. If Lorenzo can make his way to the front and check out, we believe he has the ability to stay ahead and use every inch of this complex circuit to his advantage with the help of his powerful bike.
Good luck to all riders this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix!