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Lorenzo wants to maintain 2010 level

"We have a winning bike, but I would like to win the same number of races as last year" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished the first MotoGP test of 2011 in third place, behind the Hondas of Marco Simoncelli and Casey Stoner.

Although the Factory Yamaha rider was only 0.088sec from surprise Sepang leader Simoncelli, and is certain that the 2011 M1 remains a winning package, he feels it has lost ground relative to Honda.

And for Lorenzo, defending the MotoGP title isn't his only goal - he's approaching the new season with the aim of repeating his nine race wins.

“I feel good about my riding and the bike has improved quite a bit, but we still need to improve the same things as last year, which is the traction on the rear and the engine,” said Lorenzo.

“Engine top speed is good, but we need more acceleration in second and third gears.

“Everybody wants a better bike. That is normal,” he confessed. “At the moment we have a winning bike, but I would like to win the same number of races as last year and for sure that is difficult at this moment.

“The problem is that maybe Honda has solved their problems, so now they are really fast in braking, high-speed corners and acceleration. They can take profit from their engine.

“We have improved all things a little bit, but I think we need more to repeat the results of last year. The competition is really hard now.”

Whilst warning that the RCV represents a greater threat, Lorenzo also gave credit to Simoncelli.

“Simoncelli has improved,” he said of the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider. “The Honda is clearly better than last year, but then he is faster than Dani and Casey so he must be riding very, very well.”

Lorenzo and team-mate Ben Spies both picked the same engine specification for future development, of the two 2011 options available for them to try at Sepang. Lorenzo also tried two different chassis options, while Spies stuck with one.



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Lorenzo, Sepang MotoGP tests, 1-3 February 2011.
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Damo - Unregistered

February 04, 2011 12:53 PM

I think that the Yamaha will slowly drop away for a time whilst they get used to not having Rossi's team around to develop it as consistently as in the past. There is no doubt Lorenzo inherited an amazing bike much like Rossi did with Doohan (and the garage gang). Whether or not he can maintain it remains to be seen, let alone better it. I personally don't think he will repeat last years effort, and he definitely will not if the aliens stay healthy. I'm interested to see if Rossi's team can develop the Ducati into a winning package. Regardless of what alot of people seem to think - Stoner was given nothing on a silver platter when he went Red. He turned that Ducati into a winning formula that worked for him and his team. The Honda's will take more flags that anyone this year. An amazing stable of riders and a massive bucket of money and motivation to make it happen. Don't be surprised if Stoner or Pedrosa take the glory this year. My 2c.

RawDawg

February 04, 2011 2:21 PM
Last Edited 2134 days ago

"I think that the Yamaha will slowly drop away for a time whilst they get used to not having Rossi's team around to develop it as consistently as in the past." I beg to differ. For one, Rossi took his RACE TEAM - he didn't take any of the designers or engineers from the factory. For some reason it's some Crash myth that only Rossi can develop a bike even though nor he or Burgess or Briggs design or make any parts. This is Jorge's 4th year in MotoGP and he's shown to be no slouch. With his rookie year being on different tires than Rossi and a wall up from that point on, he's been on his own with set up and data from day one. He knows what he wants from the bike and has shown he knows how to get the most out of it. Add that with Spies who comes from Yosh Suzuki, who probably did more development than any superbike team on the planet, and you have a pretty good combination.



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