Jorge Lorenzo heads into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix as the only double race winner of the MotoGP season so far, courtesy of victory last time out at Le Mans, and leading the world championship.
The 22-year-old Spaniard has a reasonable record at Mugello, taking victory from pole in 2006 on the way to his first 250cc World Championship, but he has a score to settle after last year, when he crashed out on lap seven on his MotoGP debut.
“Mugello is, along with Phillip Island, the most beautiful circuit that we race at; I love it!” smiled Lorenzo, whose first victory of the season was at round two in Japan. “Plus I am feeling very confident after our good race in Le Mans. We have had some very strange races with the weather conditions and I would never have expected to recover 24 points in one go.
“Now we arrive in Italy, where the weather I hope will be better, as leaders, but the most important thing is that I am confident and feeling fit. Last year was not easy for me; I already had problems with my ankles and then I crashed when trying to pass Andrea Dovizioso. Mugello and Montmeló were horrible for me and finished that period of the season having taken no points.
“This year, just to take some points at this track and at Catalunya will be an improvement and that's my aim! On Wednesday I will be in Rome, watching Champions League Final with my team, Barcelona, against Manchester United. I hope the weekend begins perfectly for me with that title!”
Lorenzo will start round five with a one point lead over Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, who has won at Mugello since 2002.
"This year the top riders are very close and to stay at the top of the championship we are going to have to make sure we're always on the podium, so we have to keep a high level of concentration and our feet on the ground,” commented Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli.
“Last year Jorge crashed in the race when he lost the front but we feel confident of a good result this time around because our technical package has been improved and Jorge is much stronger and of course fully fit. It's the home race for a lot of the guys in our team so we're looking forward to a great weekend.”