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Lorenzo hopes for victory chance

"We're not in the best shape technically; we have a little disadvantage in terms of power, but the latest evolution engine should improve things."
Having seen his perfect 2010 podium record end last time out at Aragon, MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo hopes that an engine upgrade will help him return to the podium - and fight for victory - this weekend in Japan.

Lorenzo still holds a 56-point advantage over Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa at the top of the championship standings heading into this weekend's race, the 14th of 18 rounds, but hasn't won for the last three races.

But the Fiat Yamaha rider took one of his four wins last season at Motegi and is naturally keen to do well in Yamaha's home race.

"I'm not comfortable, but my position in the championship is good," said Lorenzo at Motegi on Thursday.

"We're not in the best shape technically; we have a little disadvantage in terms of power, but the latest evolution engine should improve things.

"I am thinking about the championship, so I must keep going fast but I must also be prudent, calculating and not doing any crazy things.

"This weekend I hope to be able to fight for the podium, and maybe even for the victory."

Lorenzo, who has won seven races this season, is yet to sign for 2011.




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redmissile46 - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 1:06 PM

the biggest problem for yamaha is that many person doesn't like jorge attitude and this is really bad for sales worldwide, i'd rather took spies as mascot next year if i were yamaha. the jorge post race celebration just make it worse. hope i didn't see it again next year

RawDawg

September 30, 2010 1:38 PM
Last Edited 1426 days ago

"the biggest problem for yamaha is that many person doesn't like jorge attitude and this is really bad for sales worldwide" Give me a f'king break. If anyone chooses not to buy a certain bike because they don't like who rides for the manufacturer in MotoGP they're a dummy anyway. Yamaha's percentage of sales from the last couple of years has dropped more than all the other Jap manufactures with Val. Yamaha's biggest sales problem is the R1 is a bug eyed ugly as sin bike that looks dated. Suzuki has been crap for years in MotoGP and WSBK and it hasn't affected sales of Gixxers or 'busas one bit. I doubt if Kawasaki's sales dropped because they left MotoGP.



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