Having put a halt to Honda's win streak last time at Mugello, MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo is looking to take further 'profit' from another favourable track - his home round at Barcelona this weekend.
After suffering a last corner defeat at the hands of team-mate Valentino Rossi in 2009, Lorenzo won the Catalunya round in 2010 and 2012. Indeed, the Factory Yamaha star has never finished lower than second in his Montmelo MotoGP appearances, although he withdrew from the 2008 event after a practice fall.
Lorenzo starts this year's event second in the championship standings, between fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. The Honda riders had won the three races prior to Mugello, where Lorenzo and Yamaha took victory for the first time since round one in Qatar.
”I'm quite satisfied after our great result at Mugello that completed an almost perfect weekend. Winning again was very positive for me and for the team and now we go to Montmeló, my home grand prix,” said Lorenzo.
“Some parts of the track are quite suitable for us but the doubt is always if the track conditions and the temperature can benefit us. I am very optimistic for the race and we will keep on working on the bike in the same way that we did in Italy.
“Compared to Mugello, Montmeló is a little bit slower but at least there are no first gear corners and hopefully that will help us a lot. This is a good track for us and we have to profit from it and try to repeat the victory. It could be great for the Championship.
“As far as I'm concerned I will push 100% to achieve it.”
Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is expecting another all-Spanish home battle.
“Barcelona is coming up and we have three Spanish riders on top. I think the motivation of all three is quite high because of visiting their home GP. Last year we had a big battle with Dani there and I think the track suits our bike quite well,” he said.
“After winning at Mugello, where the package worked out really well, we are looking forward to visiting Montmeló with a good spirit to fight. It is one race less and we are closer than before. It's a very good opportunity to continue with our job.”
Lorenzo finished third in the first of the Spanish based rounds, at Jerez, where he clashed with rookie Marquez at the very final turn of a race won by Pedrosa. Pedrosa leads Lorenzo by a reduced twelve points, after five of 18 rounds.