Jorge Lorenzo made his debut in factory Ducati Team colours in Malaysia on Monday where the team began their 2017 preparations.
This was the first time the Spanish champion represented a team other than Yamaha and he certainly noticed the differences, admitting that he needed more time to get used to his new bike.
"At this circuit I noticed a bigger difference between my Ducati and the bike that I have ridden for the last nine years,” he said. “Now we have to do two things to be quicker: the first is to gradually adapt the bike to the way I like it, and the second and more important, is to know how to do that and understand how to be quicker. I still need some more time.”
Jorge managed to complete a total of 45 laps around the Sepang International Circuit before the rain came down. This saw him sitting in seventeenth place overall , quite a distance away from his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso in second place and the team’s test rider, Casey Stoner, who finished at the top of the leaderboard.
The test continues here this morning.