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Lorenzo confident of Le Mans chances

“Last year we struggled, especially in acceleration but I feel that this year is going to be a little different” – Jorge Lorenzo.
Last year's French Grand Prix marked the end of Jorge Lorenzo's early season podium run, but the Spaniard believes he has an excellent chance of keeping his 2012 streak alive in this weekend's return.

Just as last year, the Factory Yamaha star has claimed a win and two runner-up places heading in to the Le Mans round.

But the 1000cc M1 is a much more potent package than last year's final 800cc version and Lorenzo is confident he will be better equipped for the stop-go circuit layout.

“We arrive in good shape having always been in the first two positions in the three races of the year so far, I want to keep this going in Le Mans,” said Lorenzo.

“Last year we struggled, especially in acceleration but I feel that this year is going to be a little different.

“It's a good track for my riding style so we will try to fight for the win again but always thinking about the Championship.”

Lorenzo is just one point behind reigning world champion Casey Stoner (Honda) who won at Le Mans last year.

“After three strong races and a very close Championship so far we are looking forward to going to France,” said Lorenzo's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. “We had a tough race last year and struggled a lot but the year before was a strong victory.

“Jorge likes the track so we are curious to see how the 1000cc bike behaves this time as we have traditionally performed well there. We hope to return to the successful rhythm Yamaha has had at Le Mans.”

Prior to last year's fourth place, Lorenzo had taken MotoGP wins at Le Mans in 2009 and 2010.



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Lorenzo is on the back foot. Stoner won where he wasn't supposed to and he is proving to be almost impossible to beat. Still, Lorenzo is a fighter and the only one that can stop Stoner. I don't agree that MotoGP is boring right now. THe top three have been close till the end, the races have been tense and Lorenzo and Pedrosa have been keeping Stoner honest, and that is a very difficult job at present, with Stoner being as strong as he ever has been. Sure, we haven' t seen Moto2 type racing nor last lap crazy fest like SBK at Donington, but at least Stoner has not been winning by 10 seconds!

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May 15, 2012 5:20 AM

regarding about wsbk and motogp....Yes, you don't see "action" like that during a MotoGP race. But let me point something out - the only reason we saw all the action was because of mistakes. Leon, Marco, Biaggi, and Rea were all running wide, going through the gravel trap, missing braking points, missing apexes, running off track through the dirt, etc. If they were in a MotoGP race they would have been lucky to finish 10th. You don't see the number of mistakes that you saw today in a MotoGP race and most definitely not by the guys running in the front. Jonny Rea ran wide and off track, was multiple seconds behind and caught up to the pack because they were tripping each other up. If this was MotoGP he would have been dead in the water wouldn't have had a prayer of catching the front runners after a mistake like that. The front runners today were making mistake after mistake lap after lap - you don't see that in MotoGP.



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