22 March 2013
Video: Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha MotoGP launch
"Wayne [Rainey] is a good friend of mine and getting three times world champion would be amazing, like a dream. Much more than I could ever expect!" - Jorge Lorenzo
A Yamaha generated interview with reigning double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, released to coincide with Friday's unveiling of the team's 2013 race livery.
A video of the interview can be found below...
There is just one winter test remaining and then we'll start playing harder. Are you satisfied with the Yamaha engineers work?
Yes, the engineers in Japan did a great job, especially with the new chassis. The new one allows me to pick up the bike easier exiting corners. Our main goal now is to improve the engine, which is what we are missing now to become even faster.
What is your M1 still missing to become the “perfect bike”?
The engine is probably the weakest point we have now. Little by little we are trying new things that hopefully will allow us to increase our speed and accelerate more when I exit from the corners, which is the area we lose a little compared to our competitors. Anyway, compared to 2011 we are much better.
More so than the past, the coming season appears to be pretty tough. What's your opinion about your major rivals, Valentino, Pedrosa and Marquez, after the pre-season tests?
They are all really strong riders with a lot of experience. Lots of world titles all together!! Especially Valentino has 9 world titles and more than 100 victories, so he's really strong and complete. On race he can change his strategy so quickly. Pedrosa is really fast, not only on a single lap but also he has a very consistent pace throughout the race. Marquez comes from Moto2 with lots of energy, very aggressive and I think he has all he needs to be competitive in MotoGP from the beginning.
Last year your worst result was a second place. Was that the secret for achieving the title?
If you want to be World Champion you must be consistent. It's almost impossible to crash so many times and finally be the Champion. One of the keys to be World Champion is to finish all races, if possible. Last year we finished all races on the podium, apart from Assen, and Valencia where I had won the title already. In my first year in MotoGP, in 2008, I was not a consistent rider at all and after so many crashes and injuries I finally understood that I had to achieve this result.
How different is Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning World Champion, compared to the rider and person you were at the end of the 2010 season?
Well, only two years have passed, not so much time! A person in two years does not change so much. I always try to improve myself as a person and as a rider. As a rider, in 2010 I made an almost perfect season, scoring the point record but at that time my bike gave me a big advantage over the other riders. Last year, instead, I did not have such advantage and the season was definitely tougher than 2010. Luckily I had the mind cold enough to keep on being strong when the situation was difficult.
The first time you won the World Championship in 2010, you switched to the number 1 on the bike. Why haven't you this year?
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