Jorge Lorenzo returns to the scene of his 'unbelievable' first MotoGP victory, in only his third MotoGP race, at Estoril this weekend.
The young Spaniard made a stunning entry into the premier-class last season, claiming three poles and three podiums from his first three events - culminating in Estoril victory and the world championship lead.
A run of injuries followed and the Fiat Yamaha rider was forced to wait until 2009 for his next race win, at round two in Japan, but he returns to Estoril - now towards the end of the season - with three wins, ten podiums and second in the world championship.
The 22-year-old sits 30 points behind team-mate and reigning champion Valentino Rossi with four rounds to go, and his goal at present is simply to keep the championship fight alive as long as possible.
“Now we go to Estoril, where I had one of the best moments of my life,” said Lorenzo, who has spent the month-long break since Misano with his family in Mallorca.
“In the past I was never strong there but last year I did an unbelievable race,” he recalled. “This year it's a different situation; a different time of year, everyone has the same tyres and we are in the closing stages of the championship.
“My aim is to have a good weekend in order to keep the championship going. I am also happy that we will see Casey [Stoner] back this weekend because he brings another challenge for all of us,” added the #99.
"Last year Estoril was Jorge's first win in MotoGP, which was unforgettable for everyone,” reflected team manager Daniele Romagnoli. “It wasn't his best track but we were very competitive and we believe that we will be able to be so again this time, keeping this championship as exciting as possible for us and all MotoGP fans."