MotoGP »

Lorenzo: I know it's going to be tough

"It's a good moment to make a strong statement" - Wilco Zeelenberg.
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will be chasing his second Spanish win of the season at Catalunya this weekend, at the most local of his three home races.

Winner in the wet during round two at Jerez, Lorenzo finished off the podium for the first time this year with fourth place in the recent Le Mans race.

The Factory Yamaha rider, who won from pole in Catalunya last year, heads for this weekend's fifth round with a 12-point lead over Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner.

The next best M1 rider in the championship is Tech 3's Colin Edwards, in ninth.

"We are now going straight to Montmeló and we don't even need to take a plane. It is amazing! I am so happy to be here, the closest track to my home," said Lorenzo. "I remember last year's victory and also those in my 250cc days.

"This is a fast track with high speed and slow corners. It is the second race in Spain and I would like to be as fit as in Jerez. I know it's going to be tough; we need to improve a lot because our competitors are very strong and my finger is still recovering from the Le Mans warm-up crash.

"Our aim in this GP will be the podium. We should be focused from Friday, and I am quite confident that the team is ready to fight, as usual."

Lorenzo has made clear that he needs more from Yamaha to take on the factory Honda riders, with Stoner (two wins) and injured team-mate Dani Pedrosa (one win) victorious in the dry events.

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg hopes Lorenzo can kill-off the Honda momentum, just as the MotoGP season begins its busiest phase.

"We've been missing a little bit of pace so it's a good moment to make a strong statement for the first of these back-to-back races to see if we can make a difference here," he said.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone takes place just one week after Catalunya, with Assen also in June.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lorenzo, Rossi, Dovizioso, French MotoGP 2011
Marquez, Zarco, Petrucci Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Petrucci, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Petrucci Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Miller, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Miller, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Pedrosa, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rabat, Dutch MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


May 31, 2011 2:24 PM

Yamaha in big trouble, Now JLO is talking about finishing on the podium not winning, that tells you all, no sponsor no money, they shouldn't have sent Rossi packing like that! hahahaha deal with it now Yamaha!

justforfun - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 2:10 PM

Wishful thinking....I don't see Yamaha spending money on racing and development especially without a sponsor. JL and BS will have to utilize their skills to keep up with Honda and maybe Ducati. Honda will do whatever it takes to steal an 800cc championship.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.