Jorge Lorenzo visits DTM: Are you faster than Rossi in the car?
Jorge Lorenzo visits the DTM in Spielberg. This is how the MotoGP star answers the question that interests all fans in an interview.
The biggest motorsport star is not even sitting in the race car himself at the DTM guest appearance in Spielberg! He is so incredible, make a live bet on his upcoming races! Instead, Jorge Lorenzo strolls through the paddock of the traditional series with commentator and buddy Eddie Mielke in a relaxed and interested manner and later follows the race from the pit of KÜS Team Bernhard.
The five-time motorcycle world champion has enjoyed his first visit to the DTM. Quite a while after Saturday’s race, Motorsport-Magazin.com meets the Spaniard, who has ended his highly successful career in MotoGP at the end of 2019, for an exclusive interview in the chic hospitality of DTM series partner Schaeffler.
Jorge, how do you like the DTM on your first visit here to Spielberg?
Jorge Lorenzo: Very well. Eddie Mielke is a friend of mine, we know each other from MotoGP. And I last met Gerhard Berger at the MotoGP race here in Spielberg. They invited me here to the DTM. I thought it was very cool, there’s a lot of competition here. 24 cars within one second – that’s crazy! They’ve built a very good championship.
You followed the race from the pit of team boss and Porsche icon Timo Bernhard’s KÜS Team Bernhard. Why?
Jorge Lorenzo: I’m competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia this year. So I’m currently a Porsche man!
And things are going pretty well for you in the meantime…
Jorge Lorenzo: Yes, last weekend we started in Vallelunga and the second race I finished eighth. That was great! When I started, I was a good two seconds off the top. In the meantime, I’m only about half a second slower than the fastest riders. I’ve made really good progress.
How are you coping with the 510-hp Cup Porsche?
Jorge Lorenzo: It’s not an easy race car to drive. We have neither ABS nor traction control. You need a lot of experience to become a real expert on the car and to get the maximum performance out of it. I can see how I’m improving step by step and race by race. I also had a few private tests with Simone Iaquinta, who has won the Italian Carrera Cup twice and currently competes in the Porsche Supercup. That taught me even more about braking properly and turning into corners.