DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 12: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Ducati Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests In Losail at Losail Circuit on March 12, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After completing three winter testing sessions in Malaysia and Australia in February and two weeks ago in Qatar, the Ducati Team is now gearing up for the opening round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled for Sunday evening at the floodlit Losail International Circuit on the outskirts of Doha.

This year’s Ducati Team line-up sees the addition of Spanish champion Jorge Lorenzo as he tackles the sixty-ninth edition of the championship on the 2017-spec Ducati Desmosedici GP.

During the pre-season test sessions, Lorenzo was able to improve his times and comfort with the new bike, and he finished the final Losail test in fourth place.

This gives him a good feeling heading into this weekend’s race and he is fully motivated to do the best possible job he can….

“After the last test a few days ago on this circuit, I will be approaching the first race of the season in a confident and optimistic mood,” he said. “The Losail circuit is a track that I like a lot and the characteristics of my Ducati adapt well, so I’m sure we’ll be quick right from the start. We still have to find something to improve on our race pace, as well as try and work out the best tyre solution for the 22-lap race, but in any case I arrive in Qatar feeling good and with a real desire to do well. This will be my first GP on a Ducati and so for me it will be a very special weekend.”