Jorge Lorenzo will start his home Spanish Grand Prix, at Jerez this weekend, leading the MotoGP World Championship standings after victory in round two at Motegi last weekend.
The Fiat Yamaha star sits one point clear of team-mate Valentino Rossi and will be hoping to make the most of his home advantage and claim a debut MotoGP win on Spanish soil.
The Mallorcan, who turns 22 on Monday, made history at Jerez back in 2002 as the youngest rider ever to qualify for grand prix and he took victory at the track in 2006 and 2007 on the way to his two 250cc titles.
“My motivation is high because I am arriving as the world championship leader in my own home. I can't ask for more! I had a very good feeling in Japan, and I enjoyed riding the bike in every corner. I have to be careful however because I am still learning all the time how to ride with the new Bridgestone tyres,” he warned.
Jerez always draws one of the biggest crowds of the season, with more than 120,000 filling the natural amphitheatre and creating a unique carnival atmosphere.
“I think that Jerez is maybe one of the most special circuits in the world, to be a MotoGP rider there is like a dream, all the people surrounding you…” said the #99. “The last test in Jerez was very good. I was always in the three first positions so I hope to be fast from the start this weekend. I would like another podium, like last year in Jerez and like the first two races in 2009. I am confident!”
“We need to keep our feet on the ground and keep the concentration level high because our rivals are very strong. We have a good base setting and it seems to be working very well at different tracks and now we just need to continue working in the same way. It will be a great show in Jerez.”
Lorenzo took pole at Jerez last season, then finished third in the race behind countryman Dani Pedrosa and team-mate Rossi.