Aware of this, Lorenzo—read, his manager—started to look for potential alternatives. The first contact was with Honda, where he was told there was zero interest. The next door to knock on was that of Suzuki. The idea of Jorge joining that team was received with interest. A conversation began. There was also still a hope that strong performances would reopen the Ducati option. It was the phase of the season when Lorenzo was saying, “I need good results to raise my value.” But those results did not arrive.