You could almost see the frustration in Jorge Lorenzo's eyes in some of the early MotoGP rounds. He would ride the wheels off his factory Yamaha in the twisty bits, only to have the winglets on his bike set aflutter when one of the Ducatis would blow by on the straights. In his mind, Lorenzo had to be thinking what if he had that kind of power at his disposal?
Well, we'll all get to find out in 2017 when Lorenzo dawns Italian red for the first time.
The Ducati move that caused Valentino Rossi to have his worst two season in Grand Prix racing back in 2011 and 2012, doesn't seem nearly as risky for Lorenzo these days. Ducati won in 2016 with both Andreas, so the general consensus is that they will win much more often with the master Lorenzo at the controls.
We've only ever seen Lorenzo in Yamaha blue (or maybe throwback yellow), so it will take a while to get used to seeing No. 99 in red.
Ducati is hoping with Lorenzo they will be holding up the MotoGP title for only the second time in history.