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Q&A: Lorenzo at Yamaha launch.

As part of Fiat Yamaha's virtual launch of its 2009 MotoGP campaign, the following interview with the team's 2008 MotoGP rookie of the year Jorge Lorenzo has been released.

During the interview, Lorenzo looks back over his spectacular, but injury littered, debut season of premier-class racing, and also gives his opinion on a range of issues surrounding the 2009 season…


Q:
Jorge, how was your winter holiday? What have you been doing in your time off?

Jorge Lorenzo:
At the end of the year I went to Mallorca. I was there for practically a week visiting my family, my sister and my mother. I had fun with friends and took some time to rest a little because it had been a really tough year, very stressful, with a lot of back-to-back races so it was good to relax and disconnect a little. Since the end of the year I've been in Barcelona, training a lot, training on a motorcycle and in the gym.

Q:
Did your injuries from 2008 finally completely heal? Are all parts of your body back to 100% fitness?

Jorge Lorenzo:
They're not 100% because I'm still missing a little mobility in my ankles, especially in the left one, but little by little they are clearing up. Many months have passed since the crashes and right now the problems I had with my forearms and my ankles, thanks to the specialists who I am lucky enough to have, the situation is gradually improving and I think that I will be if not 100% then around 95 or 97% before the start of the season.

Q:
After having some time to think about it, how are your memories of 2008? You had many pole positions, podiums, your win, but also your crashes and injuries…

Jorge Lorenzo:
Yes, it has been a 'special' season because it was my first in this category but also because of the things that happened to me, the good and bad moments we have encountered and the experience I have picked up, which has been very fruitful and will be fruitful in the future. But yes, it has been a strange year with lots of ups and downs, a lot of crashes - too many because normally I'm not the kind of rider who crashes a lot - but also great moments like the pole positions, the podiums and especially the victory at Estoril.

Q:
If you could repeat your rookie year would you do anything differently?

Jorge Lorenzo:
No, I don't tend to regret the past and I think I have been quite lucky in my life – apart from the injuries I have had. I have had setbacks but otherwise I'm a lucky guy, a guy who things have gone well for so far so I can't regret things from my past.

Q:
What are your expectations and aims for 2009? Do you believe you can challenge for the title from the start?

Jorge Lorenzo:
It is difficult. It is very difficult, firstly because I don't have the experience to fight for the title. I think that right now there are riders with more experience. Above all there is a great champion in the shape of Valentino Rossi, who I have in the box next to me, and in theory he is the favourite. Not only that, I have three riders who in principal are more of a favourite than I am so the most important thing is that we get closer to our objective every season, become faster and learn more. But I don't think I am the favourite for the title.

Q:
Do you feel that there is much more pressure on you this year? Are you worried about people's high expectations?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I think that people have higher expectations for the results of Pedrosa, Stoner and Valentino. Yes, it is true that I started the year really well, with a victory in the third race of my first season. I started very strongly but that doesn't mean to say that the same will happen every time and that every season is going to start out the same for me. Things change and every year is different. For example this year we have new rules and things could be different. I am currently working very hard so that one day I can become world champion, which is my objective. I don't know if I will achieve it next year, within two years or within five but that is the objective.

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Jorge Lorenzo with the FIAT Yamaha YZR-M1 [Pic credit: Yamaha]
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Bear - Unregistered

February 02, 2009 8:50 PM

Boy, this guy has matured! I always thought he was an arrogant little shiit in the 250's, but since joining MotoGP have been amazed his attitude, guts, lack of stupid excuses for failures and total respect for the other riders... he's got class and is an amazing talent! Go Jorge!



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