Was Lorenzo's Ducati debut as bad as it looked?

Was Lorenzo's Ducati debut as bad as it looked?

As far as first races go, Jorge Lorenzo's debut with Ducati was underwhelming at best. But was that down to teething problems, or does Sunday's race in Qatar point to further problems to come throughout the year?

Jorge Lorenzo has been in plenty of on-track battles, and late in races, during his decorated MotoGP career. He's won plenty of them, too.

But his fight with Loris Baz towards the end of the 2017 Qatar Grand Prix will have been about as inglorious and sobering as they come. This isn't a shot at Baz, but no matter how low Ducati and Lorenzo tried to set the bar, fighting for 11th place with a satellite rider on a two-year-old bike is not what they had in mind for the Spaniard's first weekend in red.

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