Jorge Lorenzo believes his perfect start to the 2012 MotoGP season will prove 'very important' in terms of extra motivation for himself, the team and Yamaha.
Lorenzo, who lost his title to Honda's Casey Stoner last season, took pole and then a close race victory ahead of the factory RC213V riders in the season-opening Losail night race.
“Last year we only won three races and the first of those [at Jerez] was in the wet,” said Lorenzo, on Thursday evening at Jerez.
“So starting from pole position and winning the race in Qatar is very important for the motivation of all the engineers and the Yamaha Company. And also me, no?
“The championship is very long and there are a lot of races, but always when you start in a good shape it means in theory it can be a good year for us.”
Lorenzo added: “The Yamaha is better than last year relative to the other bikes, but we must wait three or four races to get a full picture.”
Forecasts suggest rain could once again play a part in the Jerez weekend, but Lorenzo doesn't expect it to cause any radical changes to the outcome.
“I think the top five will be there if it rains, it's not going to change a lot,” he said.
The new 1000cc machines didn't break the previous 800cc lap records at Qatar. Lorenzo believes that trend may continue this weekend until MotoGP reaches a circuit with longer straights.
“It wasn't possible to be as fast as the 800 in Qatar because the track was dirty. Not in the same condition,” said the Spaniard. “And here will be difficult because the track has lots of corners and not so many straights, although I think we could do it.
“But when we come to fast tracks like Brno, Mugello, Montmelo, we will be much faster. So we must be patient about comparing the lap times.”