MotoGP title contender Jorge Lorenzo is confident of fighting for his third victory of the season, and first since round in Le Mans, whatever the weather brings in Sunday's British Grand Prix at Donington Park.
The Fiat Yamaha rider, who starts round ten 14 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi, qualified third on the grid behind the Italian and Honda's Dani Pedrosa, but was very impressive earlier in the one-hour session, when using the harder compound rear tyre.
“With the harder tyre, we're definitely ready and I feel very good on the bike,” confirmed Lorenzo, increasingly linked to a 2010 Honda ride. “With the softer tyre and on my last run I wasn't so fast, but we are not too concerned about this. Anyway I feel confident on my M1 and I am enjoying riding here.”
On Friday, Lorenzo had exchanged the top spot with Rossi and Casey Stoner during the wet part of free practice, leaving the 22-year-old confident of a strong showing in the final MotoGP event at Donington Park.
“Tomorrow we don't know about the weather but I was fast also in the rain yesterday so I know that I can be competitive even if the weather is bad,” he confirmed. “I am really hoping for a good race here since it's the last time we will come.”
“We concentrated mostly on our race setting and Jorge's pace is very fast and consistent,” stated team manager Daniele Romagnoli. “Maybe we should have considered something a bit different for qualifying with the softer tyre, but the most important thing is that we're in good shape for the race. We hope that we can have the same weather as today tomorrow, but if the rain does come then we have yesterday's good session to help us.”
Lorenzo has lost out on victory by less than 0.1sec to Rossi twice this season, including last weekend in Germany.