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Video: Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha MotoGP launch

The first time I became World Champion in MotoGP I switched to number 1 on my bike. I was so excited to use it, as it was the first time I could use it on my MotoGP machine, but at the end of the season it did not deliver me good luck, although I finished second, which is not a bad result at all. I got two world titles with the “99”, the fans know me much better with this number and this year I have decided to use it again.

Q:
If you win the 2013 Championship you will equal Wayne Rainey's score with three world titles. Is this a stimulus for you?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Wayne Rainey is one of the legends of MotoGP and getting close to his number of championships is a great honour for me. Before that, we have to do it! Wayne 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!

Q:
Does Valentino's arrival worry you or motivate you? How is your relationship with him now?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Probably our relationship is better than three years ago. Now we are a bit older, more mature, especially me, as I was only 20 when I arrived in MotoGP. We do not have to be friends, as motorcycle racing is not soccer or basketball, but if the relationship is good this is much better for us but also for the team. We will try to stay calm and to push together in the same direction.

Q:
What do you think Valentino's arrival will bring to the team and the bike?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Such an experienced rider like Valentino, with that special feeling he has on track, where he feels everything, will help the engineers at Yamaha and me, to understand if the feeling I have when I try something new on the bike is same as his. You know, if two riders have different feedback from the same material, then it's so difficult to develop the bike. In Sepang we gave our engineers the same feedback about the new material and this gives us confidence to improve the bike quicker.

Q:
Casey Stoner left and Marc Marquez has arrived. Who's going to be the strongest rival for you this year?

Jorge Lorenzo:
It's difficult for me to predict a major rival for this year. Maybe they will be faster than me! I don't know what's going to happen. Dani, Valentino, Marquez and I are the favorites but throughout the season surprises can happen. It's important to make a good job during the pre-season and try to be as well prepared as possible to start in the best way.

Q:
Besides Valentino but considering Marquez, it's going to be a “Spanish affair” this year. How important is it for you to be the first Spanish rider at the end of the season?

Jorge Lorenzo:
I think the riders with the same nationality have some special competition. We all want to be the best Spanish rider on track; it's like another League in the same Championship. Of course having so many Spanish riders with great potential makes our lives difficult, for all of us. Dani, Marc, Alvaro... they are so fast and it's so difficult for me to finish in front of them!

Q:
Did the renewal with Yamaha for two more years give you an extra motivation to win the Championship last year?

Jorge Lorenzo:
More than special motivation, signing the contract for two more years gave me the peace of mind I needed to focus on the Championship and allowed me to not think too much about contracts.

Q:
You signed with a new personal sponsor, Monster Energy Corporation, who has also been introduced as an Official Sponsor of Yamaha Factory Racing. Are you happy with the new agreement?

Jorge Lorenzo:
Yes, I am really happy to have signed a personal agreement with Monster and to be part of the Monster family. I am also very happy that Yamaha signed this agreement and I hope that together we can give them lots of special moments.

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wiseman - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:58 PM

Boring..... standard nonsense bla-bla-bla.... how bout lets get right to it... do you feel the M1 lacks power have you asked for the seamless transmission what did you tell Bridgestone last year who is the #1 rider for Yamaha do you feel Bradly S deserves a tech3 ride do you feel Marquez will be a hazard considering last year he was reprimanded by race direction? quit giving us the fluff, and ask some hard questions!



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