Motorcycle News - Best Motorcycle Touring Companies
Nothing spells adventure like hitting the open road on a motorcycle with your family and friends. America is an incredibly big country, encompassing seemingly endless places to go and see. With all its vastly different landscapes and attractions, the U.S. is a haven for motorcycle travel and adventure. So, where do you even start? Well, you could plan your own trip, map out your route, make your lodging arrangements, find places to eat and fuel up along the way, and hope you don’t run into any bike troubles. Or, you can kick back, relax, and let one of the many motorcycle touring companies here in the U.S. take care of all that for you. After all, they’re experts on the subject with everything you need to know, and more. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery (and fork over a little cash).
Another major bonus when booking through a motorcycle touring company is that you don’t have to ride your own bike, worry about it breaking down, or worse, fix it on the side of the road with tools you forgot to bring. Fortunately, the motorcycle touring companies listed below use rentals or bikes within their own fleet, so if something happens and they break down, it becomes someone else’s problem, not yours.
The first step to planning your future motorcycle tour is deciding where you want to go, what you want to see, and where you’re going to start. Many of the following motorcycle touring companies specialize in certain regions of the country, but they’re spread out all over the place, because there’s great riding everywhere. So, odds are there’s something near you. Once you’re all signed up, just don’t forget you motorcycle touring necessities and your camera, because any of these motorcycle tours could and should be a trip of a lifetime.
AdMo (Adventure Motorcycle) Tours is based in Southern California and offers street, off-road and dual-sport/ADV tours. Their guided motorcycle tours are primarily based here in the Southwestern United States, all over California, Nevada and Baja Mexico. They also offer international tours all over Europe. The tours vary from day rides to full-on 11-day adventures, and they’re offered year round. AdMo will handle and provide just about everything you might need including the bikes, of course. All you have to do is show up.
More info about AdMo-Tours and all their offerings here.
Bike Week Motorcycle Tours
There’s no shortage of different motorcycle rallies and bike weeks here in the U.S. Motorcyclists travel from all over to attend Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, Laughlin and Arizona Bike Week – just to name a few. Bike Week Motorcycle Tours takes its riders around all the best and most scenic roads surrounding each event. Together you’ll ride, eat, ride some more, and get to know each other, all while getting a true biker’s taste for Americana motorcycle culture.
Interested? Check out bikeweekmotorcycletours.com for details on how you can join in on the fun.
EagleRider is perhaps the biggest and best known motorcycle touring company here in the U.S. There are EagleRider locations all over the place and many Harley-Davidson dealerships also have partnerships serving as EagleRider rental and return hubs, with additional locations being added regularly. With such an expansive network of pickup and drop off locations, one-way rentals and tours are easy to arrange. With 35 different domestic guided motorcycle tours from coast to coast and everywhere in between, there’s an EagleRider adventure for every motorcyclist out there. EagleRider guided tour packages range from short day trips to almost month-long conquests, and the company operates year round.
For more information and a complete list of every trip EagleRider offers, visit their website here.
Edleweiss has been doing this whole guided motorcycle adventure tour thing for 38 years, with over 2,350+ tours in more than 180 different destinations worldwide. You could say they know a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to motorcycle trips. For guided tours here in the U.S., Edelweiss offers an Alaska/Yukon adventure, a West Coast California/Oregon/Washington trip, a Southwest Arizona/California/Utah/Nevada ride, and if you’re really looking for some two-wheeled adventure, a North/Central American tour from Hollywood all the way down to Panama City. Edelweiss’ tours range from shorter week or two-week long tours, or you can spend up to 75 days in the saddle – it’s up to you!
For endless motorcycle adventure opportunities, check out Edelweiss’ tours here.
Moto Discovery has been around since 1981, and they’ve been riding the often overlooked roads of the world seeking authentic destinations off the beaten path. That’s right, the world. There’s almost virtually nowhere Moto Discovery doesn’t operate. For riders looking to explore dual-sport and ADV routes here in America, Moto Discovery offers guided tours in Colorado, Alaska, Utah and Arizona. Almost all the rides Moto Discovery and its tour guides take you on are dirt roads. There’s no boring interstate freeway travel here.
For more information about the company and how you can get linked up, check out www.motodiscovery.com.
MotoQuest started in Alaska – yup, Alaska – and has since spread to all over the world. MotoQuest likes to keep their guided tour groups on the smaller, more intimate side with the motto: small groups, big adventures. This guided motorcycle touring company is more ADV oriented and prefers to take the path less traveled into places and destinations one might never expect to go for real-life experiences with the locals. Their U.S. tours are primarily focused all over Alaska, the Yukon, and all the way down the West Coast into Baja Mexico, but there are guided tours on every single continent, too, except Antarctica…
For more info and how to get started, head to motoquest.com.
RawHyde Adventures is another ADV-focused motorcycle touring company. In the United States, there are 4,127,000 miles of public roads, and of those, 1,392,000 are unpaved, including most of the roads in our National Parks. That means nearly one-third of the available roads in the U.S. are ones that most folks don’t get to investigate or ride. That’s where RawHyde Adventures comes in. This ADV guided motorcycle touring company has routes all over California, Baja Mexico, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. There are also routes down into South America. All of these rides are professionally guided, range from five days to multiple-week journeys and are offered year round so long as the particular route isn’t snowed in!
For more details and information on how to get registered, head over to rawhyde-offroad.com.
Rocky Mountain Moto Adventures
From the Canadian and Colorado Rockies to the Pacific Northwest, our National Parks, Alaska, and the Pacific Coast Highway, the options are almost limitless with Rocky Mountain Moto Adventures. All you have to do is show up ready to ride, RMMA will handle the rest. You can keep it short with a two-day ride from Southern California to Las Vegas, or stretch it out to three weeks across Alaska and Canada. Whether you’re a newer rider or a seasoned veteran, Rocky Mountain Moto Adventures has a guided tour in a location you’ll never forget.
More info and scheduling availability can be found at rockymountainmotoadventures.com.
Twisted Road isn’t a guided motorcycle touring company, but we felt it needed to be included on this list because you should know about it. Basically, it’s AirBnB for your motorcycle. Twisted Road members can rent other people’s motorcycles – or rent out their own as well. If you’re travelling somewhere and would like to ride a motorcycle, you can log onto Twisted Road to see who’s bike you can rent and for how long – and vice versa for renting out your own motorcycle when you’re not using it. Motorcycle owners/renters can then give you local knowledge about roads to ride and places to see. It’s pretty neat!
For more information and details on how you can become a member, visit twistedroad.com.
Women’s Motorcycle Tours
By women, for women, this guided motorcycle touring company is focused on supporting women and encouraging them to pursue two-wheeled adventure both on- and off-road as well as promoting the camaraderie that comes with it. Their tours span all four corners of the U.S. and even include Cuba and Africa if you’re really looking to get off the grid. The tours range from 10 days to three weeks and explore some of America’s most scenic locations. Talk to your girlfriends, wives and sisters, and do something different, hit the road!
Find out more information and all about their tours here.
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July 31, 2018 at 09:15PM
Motorcycle News - Upcoming Motorcycle Events: July 31 August 28
Upcoming Motorcycle Events: July 31 – August 28
Here’s our weekly guide to the upcoming motorcycle events and rides that are happening within the next month. Don’t see an event that’s happening in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment to let us know.
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July 31, 2018 at 08:11PM
Motorcycle News - Harley-Davidson Developing Emergency Autonomous Braking System
Harley-Davidson has filed a patent application for a rider assist system that autonomously applies a motorcycle’s brakes in emergency situations.
Automakers have been employing autonomous emergency braking systems for cars over the last few years, but the technology has yet to make it to motorcycles, as abrupt braking can actually be more dangerous for two-wheelers. Still, companies are trying to find ways to make it work. We’ve previously reported that Honda is also developing an autonomous braking system for motorcycles, and companies like Bosch are no doubt working on their own solutions.
The idea is relatively straightforward. Various sensors, such as cameras, RADAR or LIDAR, scan the vehicle’s path for any hazards that may cause a frontal collision, such as a car making a sudden turn or a deer running across a highway. A controller processes this data and, if it predicts an imminent collision, automatically applies the brakes, closes the throttle and actuate the clutch to slow or stop the vehicle before it can hit the hazard.
On a car, such a system can work relatively safely, but on a motorcycle where a rider is exposed and not wearing a seat belt, sudden and unexpected braking can cause a rider to lose balance or even be thrown from the bike.
Harley-Davidson’s solution is to use additional sensors to determine whether the rider is physically or mentally prepared for emergency braking. These include sensors in the grips to determine whether they are being held, seat sensors to check if a rider is not standing up on the foot supports, and cognition sensors mounted on the instrument panel or even inside a helmet to track a rider’s eyes.
These rider monitors evaluate whether a rider is sufficiently prepared to react before the autonomous brakes are activated. If the sensors determine a rider is not prepared, the system turns on various warning indicators (illustrated above by the exclamation marks in the mirrors and digital display), audio cues or even a vibration from haptic indicators in the handlebars or seat. The system may also apply a brief braking pulse, applying the brakes just enough for the rider to feel a shift in the weight. If the rider still does not respond, the system will wait a predetermined interval (the patent suggests between 200 ms to 500 ms) before stepping in and slowing down the motorcycle.
If the system determines the rider is alert enough, it will start applying emergency braking. If the rider has already applied the brakes, the system will assist by applying additional braking pressure.
An autonomous braking system still requires some fail safes. Sometimes, the safest response to a potential collision isn’t to hit the brakes but rather to take evasive maneuvers. Harley-Davidson’s patent application describes how the autonomous braking system may be over-ridden if the sensors determine the rider has the situation under control and assistance is not required.
As with all patents and patent applications, there’s no way of knowing if or when the invention may actually be used in a real product. Harley-Davidson’s patent application tells us the company at the very least considering an emergency autonomous braking system. Time will tell whether Harley follows through with this idea or goes in a different direction.
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July 31, 2018 at 06:12PM
Motorcycle News - Tips For Administering Motorcycle First Aid
The worst-case scenario has just happened: someone has crashed their motorcycle. You’re the first (and possibly only) one on the scene, and not knowing what condition the rider is in, it goes without saying that every second counts. Do you know what to do? What follows are some general tips to follow in case you’re put in the scenario to potentially save a life. In this lawsuit-crazy world we live in we also have to clarify the Motorcycle.com staff are NOT medical professionals, and everything mentioned here is superseded by proper medical training. Which brings up another point – if you don’t already have basic medical training, get it.
With that out of the way we need to establish some basics. If you have cell phone reception, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, keep an eye out for others who might be able to get help. Flag them down, if possible, and instruct them to get the proper authorities right away. In the meantime these critical moments are vital for survival. Key things to look out for are bleeding, breathing, and possible spine injuries. So what can you do?
Assess the situation
Try to keep cool and stay calm. Then check to see if the rider is in immediate danger: Are they in the middle of oncoming traffic? Is the motorcycle on top of them? Worse yet, are they trapped under burning wreckage? This is a long way to say – if the downed rider can be left where they are, then leave them there. The reason is because you want to…
Protect the neck
In these initial moments, you don’t know if the rider has any head or neck trauma. For as important as the neck and spine are, it’s amazing how delicate both are. One wrong move, no matter how well intended, could be the difference between recovery and paralysis (or worse). Unless the rider is in immediate danger, it’s best to leave them be until the pros arrive. This includes leaving their helmet alone.
Check for breathing
Danger can also present itself in the form of restricted breathing. Once you’ve established that the rider is fine where they are, make sure they’re breathing. If they’re having trouble, then carefully remove the rider’s helmet. This is the exception to the “leave helmet alone” rule. Many modern helmets have easily removable padding denoted by colored tabs (usually yellow or red) specifically for emergency personnel to be able to remove the helmet with minimal movement of the head.
Does this hurt?
If the rider is stable then you can start assessing injuries. Ask for his or her name. Followed by what day it is and where they are. This will tell you a lot – if the rider responds lucidly, that’s obviously a good sign. If there’s no response, or a strained response, these are obvious signs of more damage. Ask if they feel any pain, and especially if they are less lucid, use the light touch test throughout the body to assess for broken bones or possible internal injuries. If there are visibly broken bones, they’ll scream in pain when you touch it. If they don’t, you know something’s wrong. Try and immobilize the break as best as possible. There’s no need to straighten the limb, but do what you can to keep it from moving (use a t-shirt as a sling for a broken arm, for example) Keep a mental note on all of the above conditions so you can relay this to the medical team when they arrive.
Lastly, if there’s bleeding stemming from a laceration or broken limb try and stop it however possible, using your belt or shirt as a tourniquet, if necessary. If significant blood has already been lost, lay the person down and raise their feet – this will help encourage the weakened heart/body to sacrifice the feet to move much needed blood towards the brain. With this loss of blood, it’s also vital to keep the body warm. Jackets are the obvious first choice, but if there are blankets or wraps available, use those too. At this point the body is going into shock. There’s not much roadside aid you can give past this point beyond what was just outlined, but these quick actions might keep the person conscious just that little bit longer until help arrives.
This applies even if you haven’t crashed, but do everything possible to regulate body temperature. Drink plenty of fluids in hot weather and stay warm in the cold. This especially applies to an injured rider. We covered keeping the rider warm above, but in hot weather you want to avoid the injured rider getting even worse due to heat. Find (or make) shade, if possible. Give the rider liquids, too. Damp cloths will also help keep the rider cool. Heat stroke is the enemy here. At worse the body will essentially shut down, and at that point the last hope is…
You hope it never comes down to this, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If you need to administer CPR be careful with the rider’s neck. If you haven’t taken CPR training in a while (or ever), note new guidelines suggest simply performing chest compressions is as effective as breathing into the patient’s mouth.
First and foremost, get proper medical training in case you are ever put in a situation where you need it. From there it’s important to remember that, as the person administering help, you need to keep calm, too. This is a lot to chew, so we’ve found a helpful acronym on the Google from The Motorcycle Council of New South Wales in Australia to help you remember. It goes like this:
D – Danger: Check for any danger to yourself, the victim, or others.
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July 31, 2018 at 04:54PM
Motorcycle News - End of an Era: Roger Hayden Calls it Quits
One hates to date oneself, when it’s so inexpensive to just stay home, but I first read about the Hayden Bros. – Tommy, Nicky and Roger – before I knew the internet existed. Roadracing World used to show up at the office every month, and there the Owensboro, Kentucky, kids were for the first time, in that year’s “Young Guns” feature. Whatever year it was that Nicky was 13, as I recall – circa 1994. Nicky, of course, was the most successful, winning the 2016 MotoGP World Championship to cap his glorious career. Elder statesbrother Tommy was no slouch, picking up a pair of AMA 600 SuperStock titles over the course of his career. And now baby brother Roger Lee says he’s done at the end of this season with Yoshimura Suzuki, even though he still mostly finds his way onto the podium after 20 years of professional racing. Congratulations, Roger. Thank you for all the good times, proud parents Earl and Rose Hayden.
Yoshimura Suzuki Press Release:
Brea, CA (July 31, 2018) – Roger Hayden, the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing standout and former AMA Supersport Champion has announced his intention of retiring from professional racing at the end of this season. Hayden, the youngest of the world-famous Hayden brothers, has been a leading racer for nearly all of his 20 seasons as a professional. Suzuki and Hayden are exploring ways he might stay involved in the sport after this part of his career is completed.
“This is not something I’ve decided lightly,” Roger explained. “I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’ve been going to races on the weekends since I was nine and I just thought it was the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life. I want to spend more time with my wife and maybe do some traveling and start a family at some point soon.
“Yoshimura and Suzuki have felt like a family to me. Don (Sakakura) and Pat (Alexander) are more like friends to me than a boss. We talk about life, sports, you name it and it’s just been a pleasure to be part of the team. I’ve had some of my greatest success with Yoshimura Suzuki and the entire team has always worked hard at giving me great motorcycles to race.
“I would like to stay involved in racing in some way. I enjoy working with the young riders coming up and we’ll see what the future holds.”
Hayden followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Tommy and Nicky into the professional racing ranks as both flat track and road racers. Like Roger, both Tommy and Nicky spent time racing for Suzuki.
The massive success enjoyed by all three Haydens made them perhaps the best-known brother trio in the history of motorcycle racing. An entire generation of fans grew up watching and rooting for the Hayden brothers. Perhaps the highlight of their career as a racing family, was when Nicky, Tommy and Roger swept the podium at the 2002 Springfield TT AMA Grand National. It marked the first and only time in the long history of the AMA Grand National Championship that brothers completed a podium sweep.
Roger grew up in a racing family in Owensboro, Kentucky. Both his father and mother (Earl and Rose) raced as well as his two sisters Kathleen and Jenny. Roger entered his first race at the age of six and was already a nationally-known rider by the time he turned pro in 1999 due to the fact that he’d won a lot of races in the amateur ranks in both flat track and road racing. Roger also earned the prestigious AMA Horizon Award in 1998 when he was just 15.
Roger launched his professional road racing career in 1999 at the age of 16. He showed amazing potential even as a rookie when he scored an impressive fifth-place result in the AMA 750cc Supersport race at Road Atlanta. From there his results continued to grow ever more impressive with each season. He scored his first AMA 750 Superstock podium finish at age 17. His first two seasons racing as a pro road racer were aboard Suzuki GSX-Rs.
In 2006 he was named AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year and then in 2007, he won the AMA Supersport Championship.
In 2011 Roger returned to the Suzuki camp, racing Superbike for National Guard Jordan Suzuki. In 2012 he scored his first AMA Pro Superbike victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Jordan squad.
Roger has been part of Yoshimura Suzuki since 2014. To date his career MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike win total stands at seven. Roger is coming off his most successful season of MotoAmerica Superbike racing in a long and successful career. He was title contender much of the 2017 season. Along the way he stood on the rostrum 15 times in the 18-race series, scoring three victories. Hayden secured second in the championship, giving the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 a 1-2 result in the machine’s debut season. In addition, Roger earned seven Superpoles in 2017, a season best in the championship.
Besides his success in the American championships, Roger also enjoyed racing on the world championship level as wildcard rider in MotoGP and Moto2 and as a regular in World Superbike in 2010.
“We are honored to have Roger as part of the Suzuki racing family,” said Suzuki race support manager, Pat Alexander. “He set a standard of excellence and hard work throughout his career and he’s been a great asset for Suzuki. We hope to continue working with Roger into the future.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s president Don Sakakura is similarly happy with his team’s association with Roger.
“The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team has been privileged the past four-and-a-half seasons to work along-side Roger,” Sakakura said. “Our team has evolved over the years as a result of Roger’s competitive dedication, and his racing sprit. Twenty seasons of professional road racing is an impressive accomplishment. Equally, I respect Roger for his integrity and his core family values, we’ve all enjoyed the company of the Hayden family for countless years. We all wish Roger the very best as he transitions to his next phase in life. Thanks for the amazing memories Roger!”
Fans will have the opportunity to watch Roger race and to see him during fan walks in the remaining four rounds of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series. Next up is the Championship of Sonoma (California) at Sonoma Raceway on August 10-12. You can catch all the MotoAmerica racing action on beIN Sports.
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July 31, 2018 at 01:08PM
Motorcycle News - Not Forgotten: The Sportster ‘XX Tracker’ from Gasoline
But did you notice there was no mention of the Sportster? Could this finally be the end of the road for the venerable roadster? Fear not. There will always be killer Sportster builds to keep the massive second-hand market alive—like this rowdy flat tracker from Australia’s Gasoline Motor Co.
“Learning the ropes of sliding at high speed on the dirt soon turned into a need to practice on a heavier Harley XR1200X,” he tells us.
A 2000-model Harley-Davidson Sportster was the starting point for what became the ‘XX Tracker.’ Gasoline stripped it down, then threw away anything they could to save as much weight as possible.
Gasoline kept the Sporty’s stock oil tank, but tossed the fuel tank, seat and fenders. In their place are a fiberglass tank and tail, hand made by Phil Little Racing in the classic American flat track style. The livery is simple and tasteful: gloss black, with a few custom decals.
Custom-machined triple clamps were installed to get the front wheel to fit, and spacers ensure the sprockets line up at the rear.
Gasoline have also added a chain conversion kit, with an oversized 60-tooth rear sprocket for maximum pull-away out on the track.
It’s the work of Niko at Hi-Tech Mufflers, who built it up piece by piece from stainless steel. The Gasoline crew then whipped up a big ol’ heat shield in-house, to cap it off.
Up top, the guys added a set of high-and-wide 1” bars, but trimmed off the cross brace that came with them. The levers are standard, but the throttle and grips are new—along with the mini switches and internal wiring.
The ‘headlight’ is actually two powerful LEDs, mounted down low on a pair of custom-made engine crashbars. Out back is a floating license plate bracket, which also carries a thin LED taillight. Turn signals are present at both ends; small pin units flanking the tail, and wraparound LEDs on the forks.
It’s uncomplicated, beastly, and a loud reminder that the Sportster’s going to be around for a long, long time.
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July 31, 2018 at 12:05PM
MotoGP News - Honda doesn't know how long Lorenzo will need to adapt to MotoGP bike
Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig says he cannot be sure how long it will take Jorge Lorenzo to adapt next season when he moves to the team from Ducati...
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July 31, 2018 at 11:06AM
Motorcycle News - Riding Gear – Icon Retrograde Boots
For protection, Icon used full-grain leather, along with ergonomically-shaped D3O impact plates at the ankles. The slip-resistant cup soles have higher sidewalls for durability and include an axialmetric steel shank in the sole. Although this results in a thicker sole, they aren’t so stiff you can’t walk in them.
The rear zipper makes them a cinch to pull on or off and a midfoot stabilizer strap with cast metal buckles offers greater fit customization. Available in black or a two-tone brown option, the Retrograde motorcycle boots tick all the boxes that make them a great bit of riding gear — that unashamedly look like motorcycle boots.
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July 31, 2018 at 07:35AM
F1 News - Renault technical chief Bob Bell steps down for advisory role
Bob Bell is to step down from his role as chief technical officer of Renault's Formula 1 team to take on a part-time advisory role.
The 60-year-old Northern Irishman's current role, ensuring effective links between the British and French arms of the team, will not be filled.
The move comes three months after Frenchman Marcin Budkowski started work with the F1 team as executive director.
Technical director Nick Chester remains in position and reports to Budkowski.
Bell was one of the most experienced and highly regarded design engineers in F1, having previously worked for Mercedes, Renault in a previous era, Jordan and McLaren.
Renault said that "after 36 years in Formula 1, he has understandably expressed a desire to move away from front-line action while exploring other interests outside the sport".
Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said Bell had "helped to make Renault Sport a genuine and respected points scorer" and he was "a massive part of the heart and soul off the team".
He added: "Bob will now look closely at how to work with our partners but also the different stakeholders of F1, and of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance, to ensure we continue to move further up the grid."
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July 31, 2018 at 08:03AM
MotoGP News - Danilo Petrucci trying to copy Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP start tactics
Pramac MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci has revealed he has been trying to emulate Ducati stablemate Jorge Lorenzo's race starts.
Lorenzo has been one of the strongest starters in MotoGP this year, consistently featuring at the sharp end in the opening stages of races, and Petrucci has been trying to copy the way he works over a weekend.
"He is a very good starter and if you check, he is always pushing a lot in the out-lap in all free practice sessions," said Petrucci.
"He is unbelievably fast in the first lap of the practice sometimes.
"When you have to risk more in the out-lap because in the practice you don't have a lap time or you have maybe not the hottest tyre, or the tyres are not ready, he is able to push a lot.
"It is a way of feeling the bike. He is a champion and he got something more in some areas.
"We discover this and since a couple of races we are trying to copy his work, trying to be more efficient in the out-lap.
"But you risk a lot because if you crash in the out-lap, everybody says that you are a wanker because it doesn't count.
"For him, is very easy to be fastest in the out-lap or in the first lap of the race."
Petrucci likened Lorenzo to Ducati legend Casey Stoner regarding how quick he can be on the first lap.
"Now he is like, you remember Stoner, in the first lap, he was incredible," added the Italian.
"I think [Lorenzo] had a lot of training on this because in the previous year when he started in MotoGP [with Ducati], I remember he starts so slow and then there was like a number, every lap he gained two tenths, three tenths a lap.
"He worked a lot on this weak point and now he is the best doing this."
Petrucci, seventh in the standings, one and four points behind Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso respectively, also said he is using the remainder of 2018 to prepare for his first year as a Ducati factory rider next season.
"I have to work a lot of areas because sometimes I am not constant, race per race, so fighting for a good position in the championship is more difficult," he said.
"I have some time this year to learn my weak point, and without no pressure for next year.
"I have to use this year to be my best season in my career, and then for prepare everything, especially me, for the next year."
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July 31, 2018 at 06:33AM