Before ending his career as a full-time Honda rider, Jorge Lorenzo moved to Ducati after having already won three champion titles (a total of five) in the Yamaha colors. However, adapting to the Desmosedici wasn’t easy although he managed three podiums in 2017 with a second place in Sepang being his best result of the season. The following year he took three wins and a second place to close the championship after missing the races at Buriram, Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang after an accident in Aragon. In Valencia, in his last race for Ducati, he didn’t go beyond 12th place.
Although he showed a winning speed in 2018, his first year with Ducati wasn’t easy. Before Mugello, completing his second season with the italians, Lorenzo had been without a win since the end of the 2016 championship when he left Yamaha. Exclusively to DAZN, Lorenzo claimed to have been very low psychologically.
‘Before Mugello I went into a little depression because I understood that I was without an official bike for the following year  and I felt I was at the best moment of my career. Everything was negative, I just wanted to sleep, I don’t know exactly if it was a depression, a slight depression or a very sad moment, but I was really down’, he explained in the documentary ‘Me, Rider’.
In this less happy phase of #99, Iván López was a fundamental pillar: ‘I was a father, friend, brother, psychologist, doctor, trainer, nutritionist, I washed his clothes, dust and many other things. At that time, I was living with him in Lugano and he was in a bad state. Things weren’t going well for him, he worked consistently throughout the day, even I had to tell him to rest and sleep. It was difficult to get him out of bed, he had a hard time.’
The time without wins had such an impact on Lorenzo that the former rider considered leaving motorcycling. According to the physical trainer at the time, the five-time world champion even thought about hanging his helmet before having news from Honda:
– There came a time when he told me he was giving up motorcycling. I told him “you can’t give up, you can’t throw in the towel”. And it was difficult because he didn’t get out of bed. It was a great fight. And he said “what am I going to do? What am I going to do if I don’t have a motorcycle? What am I going to do for a living?” He didn’t even want to leave the house, he was locked up all day in his pajamas and he didn’t want to go out, he didn’t want to train. I had to take him out of the house, pack his suitcase, put him in the car and take him… It was a difficult time.