Jorge Lorenzo won an unpredictable wet/dry 2009 French Grand Prix at Le Mans - and a repeat victory this weekend would further extend his 2010 title lead.
Lorenzo took over at the head of the standings, from Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, after a thrilling home victory in round two at Jerez.
And the Spaniard cannot help but feel confident for another good weekend in Le Mans, where last year he kept his head to win by 17 seconds as the weather wreaked havoc on all around him, and the season before he finished second despite riding with two broken ankles.
"Despite our victory in Jerez and taking the lead in the world standings I continue to think that I am not the favourite because the season is very long and it has only just started!” said Lorenzo. “I am very proud however because Jerez was my first victory at home in MotoGP.
“Last year I won in Le Mans in an amazing and crazy race. It was a very complicated because of the rain and drying track, but I think that everybody in our team did an unbelievable job, above all on Sunday. I know that I used everything I had, from the very first laps right to the end. I hope the fans aren't waiting for a repeat this weekend!
“Of course the weather is always a risk in Le Mans, but I hope for sun. I've been on the podium twice there, last season and when I won my second 250cc title, so I am looking forward to trying again. I've had almost three weeks since Jerez and I know that I am ready for this second European race,” he concluded.
"There is a very long way to go and we won't get too excited, but just try to continue in the same way,” added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. ”Le Mans has been a good track for Yamaha in the past and last year Jorge had a great win there in very difficult circumstances. Hopefully the race will be a little more simple this year, without the rain!"