After just two races in six weeks, this weekend's French Grand Prix marks the start of five races over the same period as MotoGP 2010 finally begins in earnest - or, to quote Valentino Rossi, the 'championship atmosphere' has begun.
Fiat Yamaha riders Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have shared wins in the first two rounds, with Lorenzo holding a four point lead over reigning seven time MotoGP champion Rossi heading into round three at Le Mans.
"This many races in a short space of time is hard physically, because you are always on the bike and you don't have time to stop and rest, but for the riders it's the best thing, because racing almost every weekend is what we live for," declared Lorenzo at the pre-event press conference, where he was joined by Rossi, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet.
The Spaniard also admitted that the Le Mans circuit was one that he enjoys racing at, even if the weather conditions for this year's race promise to be very different to those when he won here twelve months ago.
"This is a track I like and all the predictions say that it's not going to rain this weekend, so I'm happy to be at this wonderful track enjoying this wonderful weather."
Lorenzo's confidence is high following a successful post race test at Jerez, where he was able to focus on rectifying the starting issues that forced him to fight his way through the field in the first two races of the season.
"We tested some electronic parts in Jerez after the race and also some things to improve our first laps, but mainly we tried some starts. I've had to push too much in the races this season to make up for the start, so this and the first few laps is what we have been working to improve."
Nine-time world champion Rossi is now almost fully recovered from the shoulder injury, sustained in a motocross crash, which caused him problems during the race in Jerez.
"My shoulder feels a lot better. For sure still not 100 percent again, but it's definitely better than it was in Jerez," explained Rossi.