Prior to the start of the 2009 MotoGP season, Jorge Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli told Crash.net
that he wanted the young Spaniard to score two race wins and third in the championship, after claiming one win and fourth overall during his debut 2008 season.
But just four rounds into this season and Lorenzo has not only already won two races, but now leads the world championship standings, after overcoming variable track conditions to claim a huge 17 second victory in Sunday's French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
The 22-year-old, winner of round two at Motegi before crashing out of fourth in Jerez, was fast in both wet and dry conditions - and safely navigated his first ever bike swap to lead every single lap.
“Never in all my dreams did I imagine this situation today - winning the race and leading the championship,” beamed Lorenzo, who is now one point clear of Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, who fell, and Ducati's Casey Stoner, who finished fifth.
“This season I have been much more calm and careful and so I was really upset after the crash in Jerez because I didn't expect it! Today has made up for that though. I had a very good pace with both types of tyre and the strategy of our team worked perfectly.
“I felt happy to stay out on the wet tyres for such a long time and in the end I think we changed at exactly the right time [lap 12 of 28] for our race; there was some luck on our side but we were also strong, calm and careful and this paid off.
“It was the first time in my life that I've had to change bikes during the race and I was very nervous, but it went smoothly and I was able to rejoin in the lead.
“I'm sorry for Valentino because it was bad luck to crash, but now we are nearly on the same points and it seems like the championship is starting again! I want to thank my team because they were very clever today, I'm so happy to be here and to have won a third MotoGP race,” concluded Lorenzo, the only double race winner of the season so far.
“We're so happy to win today because everyone has done a great job all weekend to give Jorge a competitive machine on which he was able to ride very fast and this is a well deserved victory,” commented Romagnoli. “The team did a very important job during the race to find a great strategy and the best moment to change the bike. Thanks and well done to all; the championship is looking very exciting now!”