Despite the gains made by Honda since the end of 2010, MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo insists he 'can't imagine' leaving Yamaha.
After a winter spent warning about the relative progress made by the RCV, which dominated pre-season testing, it is nevertheless Lorenzo and Yamaha that lead the 2011 world championship after two rounds.
That's due in large part to Lorenzo wringing every single ounce of performance out of his M1 - and staying wheel-perfect while accidents, a lack of fitness and bad luck have taken their toll on his key rivals.
But the warning signs are clear: Lorenzo's second place at Qatar made him the only non-Honda rider in the top five, and he was the only Yamaha rider in the top seven in the wet of Jerez, where he won his first race of the season after a chaotic race.
“In the past few years, Yamaha has proved to be among the top MotoGP teams and now it is time to work stronger to keep our privileged position,” said Lorenzo, during an interview with the official Yamaha Indonesia website.
Lorenzo has inherited the unofficial role of Factory Yamaha team leader following Valentino Rossi's move to Ducati and - like new team-mate Ben Spies - he has been calling for greater engine performance to take on the Hondas.
However the M1's handling characteristics remain strong and Lorenzo, who already has a Yamaha contract in his pocket for 2012, has no desire to start looking for employment elsewhere.
“My bike is very good, I feel very comfortable on it,” he declared. “This is my fourth season in Yamaha and I can't imagine racing for a different team.
“This year, for the first time, I will also be developing the bike and it is a different challenge for me.”
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