Jorge Lorenzo insists he isn't feeling any extra pressure to perform during this weekend's Grand Prix of Catalunya, despite crashing out of the previous Spanish-based round at Jerez.
Lorenzo had qualified on pole at round three, but was strangely off-pace in front of his home fans early in the race, then pushed too hard to try and snatch third from Casey Stoner in the closing stages.
But the #99 returns to Spain just four points from Stoner and the world championship lead, after 1-2 race results in the two rounds since Jerez.
“I don't feel any extra pressure,” insisted the Fiat Yamaha star. “For me riding here is just as important in terms of the championship as riding in Australia or Malaysia. Of course it would be great to get a good result because I have my friends and family here, but all the races in MotoGP are important.”
Lorenzo is aiming to start his first MotoGP race at Catalunya on Sunday, having missed the 2008 event due to a practice accident.