“When you are 20 years old and a rookie you see things in a different way,” reflected Lorenzo. “You have a lot of anger to demonstrate and go fast. You are not afraid to crash. When you get a little older you start to be more conscious of the risk, and with more experience you calculate the risk more. But every rider and every person is different.”
A perfect example of such risk calculation came in Sunday's race, which Lorenzo finished less than two-seconds from runner-up Pedrosa.
“Sometimes you feel more strong, sometimes less. In that situation it is better to have a cold head and finish in the best position you can,” he explained. “Today I saw Dani was very close and probably with a lot of risk I could have fought with him in the last two corners for second place. But also I would have had more than a 50 per cent probability to crash. The [four] extra points were not enough for the risk.”
With Marquez already a winner, and with Yamaha and Honda each dominating one of the opening races, the 2013 title fight has become even tougher to call.
“Very hard,” said Lorenzo. “There are a lot of riders with a strong mentality and strong skills. But I feel strong, stronger mentally and physically good. I think if we can make some improvements on the bike we can feel the difference. So just finish in the best position until we get those improvements.”
Meanwhile Pedrosa, winner of the most races last season but beaten by his new team-mate in both events this year, insisted he won't be changing his approach.
“No... It's a long championship, me and the team have good experience but also we have good riders in this class. It is going to be very interesting, but you can't really plan everything. Just go out and try the maximum.”
Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa will go head-to-head for home Spanish Grand Prix honours in round three at Jerez, from May 3-5.