Jorge Lorenzo believes he will be fit enough to battle the likes of Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi and Ducati's Casey Stoner for victory in his home Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
“Thanks to the sudden change in the date of Motegi I have had more time to train,” Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website. “I've been to the gym, have worked with the physiotherapist, and on Tuesday and Thursday I had two days of motocross and dirt track. This has helped me to see that I now have hardly any discomfort in my right hand when riding. I'm very confident because I'll arrive at Jerez at almost 100%.
“Jerez is a magical track for me, and I think it is for all the Spanish riders because it's a circuit where the public really do feel very close to you,” he added. “It has always been quite good to me. I've had many pole positions and have won there on two occasions in 250cc, so I hope to be able to fight for the victory in MotoGP.”
Despite his fractured right hand, sustained in a winter training accident, Lorenzo finished second to reigning seven time MotoGP champion Rossi at the Qatar season opener, which saw Stoner crash out of the lead.
Rossi has since suffered his own injury scare, after falling off a motocross bike, but will also benefit from the postponement of Motegi due to the travel ban caused by the Icelandic volcano.