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Jorge Lorenzo interview.

A Q&A session with 2009 MotoGP World Championship runner-up Jorge Lorenzo, released by Yamaha to coincide with this morning's official unveiling of the 2010 Fiat Yamaha livery at Sepang in Malaysia...
Q:
Everyone expects that the rivalry between you and Valentino will be even stronger this year. How do you plan to manage it?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I think our rivalry is not personal, but just limited to the sport area. For me it is normal: we both want to win and we are in the same team. Last year we had a very polite and good relationship with the media and I expect this year to be the same again.

Q:
Who is your biggest rival this year and why?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I don't know. Theoretically Valentino, Casey, Dani and me are the riders who are going to fight for the championship, but I am sure that it is possible that somebody else will be fighting with us for the championship.

Q:
Is your aim this season to be world champion? Will you be satisfied with second place gain?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Yes, I would be satisfied with the second position. It is a very difficult position to get, specially now that I am riding with fantastic riders. Anyway, I want to win but I am not in a hurry to get the championship. I have to be patient.

Q:
You made a few mistakes last year, what have you learnt from them and how will you avoid making similar ones this year?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I think that last year's problem was that all four riders were riding at their limit at every race and in that condition it is very difficult to finish the races. It is true that I made a few mistakes of strategy or concentration that I will try to avoid this year, but I am quite satisfied with my 2009 season.

Q:
Your first season in MotoGP was spectacular but included a lot of injuries. After such an up-and-down first year, did you expect to be as strong as you were in your second?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I hoped to be more regular and faster. Again this year I want to try to be better but you know, maybe I will not get it. And if you can't be better, you may go down mentally, so I will try again and I will try to improve my performances.

Q:
How do you think you can improve this season? Are there any specific areas you want to focus on that will make you a stronger racer?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Yes, I really think that my starts are not the best. This winter I have been training very hard to improve this quality, because if you start well you avoid many problems…

Q:
Have you requested any developments for the M1 this year to tailor it more to your riding style?

Jorge Lorenzo:
You know, fortunately one of my best qualities is that I can adapt my riding style pretty easily, so for this reason I don't think I have to tell many things to our engineers. I think Valentino has more experience and is a very good rider, so I have my hopes to him to develop the M1.

Q:
If you are faced with a replay of Barcelona 2009 this season, do you think you will know how to beat Valentino this time?

Jorge Lorenzo:


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wosideg

February 04, 2010 11:26 AM

This is appears to be a change of tack from Jorge. Last year he riled Rossi, even suggesting Vale used his settings. This public admission over who is the Boss, for the moment, regards development of the M1 is Yamahas opening gambit to keep them both. Somebody at Yamaha seems to have had a word and explained the big picture to him, and he seems happy to be patient..his time will definately come.

twonha

February 04, 2010 9:35 AM

Important insight: Jorge admits he doesn't play a big role in the M1's development yet. Last year there was plenty of discussion whether or not Jorge was dependant on Rossi - dependant on his rival to be as fast as he is. I guess this interview should show Jorge's fans: he's fast, but he does still depend on other people to do some of his work for him. That's perfectly reasonable considering his age and experience though!



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