Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes that the premier class of motorcycle racing is currently the “greatest show in motorsport”, but can still learn plenty from Formula 1.
Lorenzo has raced in MotoGP since 2008, claiming titles in 2010, 2012 and 2015 with Yamaha, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of his generation.
The Spaniard got the chance to test an F1 car with Mercedes earlier this year, completing running with the 2014 W05 Hybrid at Silverstone.
Speaking to crash.net, Lorenzo expressed his belief that MotoGP and F1 can learn from each other to become better series.
“F1 can learn from MotoGP on the track and MotoGP can learn from F1 off the track. That’s the simple way to define it,” Lorenzo said.
“I think MotoGP is the greatest show in motorsport at this moment. It is much more spectacular and much more fun than Formula 1.
“But the F1 paddock is very smart, and there are not so many people and this is much better for the drivers. They can walk freely in the paddock.
“I cannot go like before in the [MotoGP] paddock because there are so many people. I have to jump from my pit box to the motorhome.
“I cannot spend any minutes in the paddock because it is impossible. You cannot make one metre without taking a picture with a fan.
“The F1 teams are also more professional with the sponsors. The sponsors are also different, they are a higher profile than MotoGP.
“So as I said, in my opinion, Formula 1 has to learn from MotoGP on the track, and MotoGP from F1 off the track.”
Lorenzo will enter 2017 chasing a fourth MotoGP title with new team Ducati, having announced his move away from Yamaha mid-way through last season.
The Spaniard’s place with the Japanese manufacturer will be taken by Maverick Vinales, who teams up with nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi for 2017.
The new MotoGP season is due to begin in Qatar on March 26.