Jorge Lorenzo's record at Mugello makes ominous reading for his MotoGP rivals ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Lorenzo was dramatically handed the title initiative in Germany at the weekend when reigning champion Casey Stoner crashed out on the final lap while battling his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa for the lead.

Pedrosa has taken over second place in the championship standings, 14 points adrift of factory Yamaha star Lorenzo, who is bristling with confidence ahead of the ninth round of the world championship.

The smooth-riding Spaniard excels at Mugello, twice finishing as the runner-up in 2009 and 2010 before sealing his maiden victory at the Italian venue last season.

"After two very difficult race weekends we arrive at Mugello, where we delivered a great victory last year," Lorenzo said.

"I love the track; it's very fast and should be a good one for our bike.

"I'm very happy to be leading the championship but we still have many races to go so our target is to again aim for the podium and victory if it is possible."

Lorenzo holds an advantage of 20 points over reigning champion Stoner, who has slipped to third position in the standings after eight rounds.