“It was an objectively difficult period: I was convinced my shoulder wasn’t going to cause me more problems since my debut last March, but it still took some time to fully recover. As far as I’m concerned, I have no intention of giving up, though. Because I am convinced that the best is yet to come.” Speech by Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who a few days ago explained to the fans the reasons for the performance shown so far in this first part of the Moto2 season. Despite a slightly more complex start than expected, the character and design remain “fuel”.
The driver from Montemorlo is still searching for the first points in the world championship standings, having just come back from a particularly unlucky moment, which could not have affected the recovery from the injury he suffered last year. It is clear that the recovery is proceeding more slowly than expected. And this did not always allow him to drive his Kalex as he would have liked, especially on the most demanding circuits.
So far, Dalla Porta has two retirees (the first in his debut in Qatar, the second in Argentina), 20th place in Indonesia and 16th in the United States. But it’s this latest ranking, picked up just over a week ago in Austin, that left the Italtrans player with the best sensations in the near future: He moved one step away from the points zone to crown an encouraging comeback. On this racetrack it was never one of his favourites and it put a lot of pressure on his shoulder.
This is why the circuit has to close next Sunday in Portimão, at the Portuguese Grand Prix. A track where Lorenzo achieved the best result in 2020, finishing 17th in his first year of the second division at the World Championships.
He went even better last year: the first time he finished 12th, the second he didn’t take to the track, as “Race 2” was one of the last four Grand Prix races he’s lost to a physical issue that still seems completely unresolved today though Surgery last October. Another reason to give 110% and make sure his money starts from the Algarve.
“In Austin I fought with my left arm from the start of the race. I was aware of the fact that I would struggle at that circuit – said the 24-year-old from Montemorlo, looking beyond – but I’m sure the next one will be much easier.”
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