Last year, Jorge Lorenzo stunned the MotoGP paddock by finishing second at Le Mans despite riding with two fractured ankles, sustained at the previous Shanghai round.

As a result of his injuries the class rookie climbed the podium, alongside fellow Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, with the aid of crutches.

This year, the Fiat Yamaha rider is aiming to repeat the end result as he seeks to bounce back from the disappointment of crashing out of his home Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

"Le Mans is the next stop and the first after my crash in Jerez," said Lorenzo, winner of round two at Motegi and currently joint third in the championship with Dani Pedrosa. "I was very sad about what happened there but now it is another story, everything begins again and I must try to do things step by step.

"The team and I need to improve after Jerez and main target is to get back on the podium. I am fit and I like Le Mans, another historic circuit. For someone like me that loves films, Le Mans is a mythical place, close to one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

"I have had some difficult times there, and last year wasn't easy because I crashed twice during the weekend, but in the end the result was good. I've been on the podium in each category and I will remember forever the incredible Yamaha podium of last year. It was amazing!

"I can see now Valentino, Colin and I enjoying the moment with all the Yamaha people smiling! I hope this year we can repeat that moment. I will also remember that podium because it's the only one where I was on crutches!" he added.


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