Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo admits that he isn't 100 per cent fit heading into the opening round of the 2010 MotoGP season in Qatar this weekend.
Lorenzo, who finished second to team-mate Valentino Rossi in the standings last season, picked up a hand injury during a motocross fall in the off-season and was forced to miss the second Sepang test as a result.
Although he was back on his bike for the recent session in Losail, Lorenzo admitted that still has to fully recover from his injury although the Spaniard said he was pleased to be able to race in the season opener.
"I am not perfect yet, I still need more time to recover 100% from my injury, but at least I can ride in Qatar,” he said. “I am very happy because we are so close now to the start of the season; it's been a long winter! Unfortunately, I had some troubles in training and hurt my hand, but these things happen.
“Qatar is a very special track for me; it was the place where I got my first podium in MotoGP in 2008! I know this time it will be more difficult, but I will try to be close to the action. I hope this year it doesn't rain like last year!"
Lorenzo's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg insisted his rider was in the 'best shape possible' for the opening race of the year and admitted that the situation could be worse.
"Jorge's thumb is still not perfect but he was stronger than we expected at the last test and he has had some more time to recover since then so the situation is not too bad,” he said. “It was a great shame for him that this happened and he missed one test but he has had good treatment and he is in the best shape possible, considering the injury.
“He felt good on the bike at the test and now we will just try to make some more small steps during practice this weekend. It's a long season and this is just the first race."