Jorge Lorenzo says he is not “wasting a single minute” thinking about his Ducati MotoGP future despite a difficult start to his 2018 season.

The Spaniard failed to finish the opening round of the season in Qatar after suffering a brake failure, which he admits he was “lucky” to escape from uninjured while running in 10th place.

It followed an inconsistent winter of testing in which Lorenzo was quickest in Sepang but failed to make an impact in the subsequent tests in Thailand and Qatar as he struggled to feel fully comfortable aboard the GP18.

Lorenzo’s contract expires at the end of the year and has already signaled it will offer the three-time premier class champion a pay cut to stay on board in 2019 and beyond.

But Lorenzo says his full attention is on improving his performance and working towards a first win for the Italian manufacturer and not on securing his future.

“If I get results, my value will be higher, and if not, it will cost me a little,” he admitted. “Luckily, I have a track record that is very good and this always helps.

“The only thing that worries me is to go fast with this bike and take my first win as soon as possible. The rest of the work I leave to my manager. I don’t waste a single minute thinking about it.”

He added: “My priority is to finish what I started, to try and be the second to win the world title for Ducati. For that to happen you have to win a race, then a second, a third, and a fourth.”