Spaniard Lorenzo was competing in the Monza Rally Show event at the Italian Grand Prix venue where he joined fellow riders Valentino Rossi (the rally winner) and Andrea Dovizioso, both of whom have already accumulated plenty of rallying experience.
Lorenzo tested the limits of the car and the track - at one point going off - but eventually finished a respectable 10th, just over two and a half minutes behind Rossi, his new Yamaha team-mate in MotoGP.
Despite never having sat in a DS3 WRC before, he set some promising stage times, providing precise technical feedback both to the engineers who ran his car and Pirelli who supplied tyres. Lorenzo’s performance clearly indicates a natural aptitude for rallying should he ever chose to make the switch in future.
The 25-year-old is said to be keen to try his hand at the sport once more, but he has ruled out any more appearances until the end of next year’s MotoGP season. However, for the moment at least, he remains fully focused on his two-wheel career: any other outings in a World Rally Car are going to be just for fun.