Home town hero Jorge Lorenzo heads into this weekend's Catalan MotoGP on the outskirts of Barcelona on top of the world.

The Factory Yamaha star's second victory of the season, in the wet at Le Mans, returned him to the head of the world championship standings by eight points over reigning title holder Casey Stoner (Honda).

Lorenzo and Stoner have split the four wins equally between them so far this year and both are former Catalan MotoGP winners.

"Now we arrive at Montmel?, with no need to fly, I love to have this race so close to my home!" said Lorenzo, the 2010 MotoGP champion. "I remember my victories and podiums here well, not just in this class but also from my 250cc days.

"It's going to be a tough race because our competitors are very strong but our victory in Le Mans has given us extra confidence. We know we can be very fast and competitive so we will be focused from the first session.

"This is a special race for me as my home race so I want to give all the fans the best show that we can."

Lorenzo has finished on the podium in every Catalan MotoGP race he has contested, but not all the memories are positive.

The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the 2008 event - which should have been his first at the track in the premier-class - due to a heavy practice fall, then he suffered a last-turn defeat at the hands of team-mate Valentino Rossi in 2009.

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