MotoGP World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo claims it will be 'difficult' to fight Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, but insists that isn't his main objective anyway.
Lorenzo may be the only rider to have won two races so far this year, handing him a one point advantage over Rossi and Ducati's Casey Stoner heading into round five, but Rossi has won his home race at Mugello for the past seven seasons.
“To fight with Valentino here will be difficult,” confessed Jorge. “He has got great corner speed and this circuit is fast, so for sure to beat him will be difficult. But that is not my objective. My objective is to finish the races, get points and try to finish the championship better than last year [fourth].
“I read in some papers that Valentino said all of the top four riders now have an equal 25% chance of the title, but I think it will change every race. After Jerez [when Lorenzo crashed out] I had less possibility and now after Le Mans I have more. We will go race by race and see what happens.”
Meanwhile, prior to arriving at Mugello, Lorenzo was in Rome on Wednesday to watch Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League Final.
“I felt great. What can I say except Barca is the best! I am sorry for Inter fans, Milan fans, Manchester fans, but we are the best this year and we are champions,” he smiled.
Should Lorenzo emulate his football team's performance and win on Sunday, Rossi and his fans will be forced to watch the Spaniard plant his Lorenzo's Land flag into the Mugello gravel.