Prior to this weekend's Austin MotoGP, Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo has completed a whirlwind three-day tour of South America.

The double world champion spent two days fulfilling a variety of PR commitments in Colombia before moving on to Mexico.

"I was surprised and really pleased by the people in Colombia, it is a really important market for Yamaha and the people are all crazy for MotoGP! I never thought there would be such a huge following in a country where we don't race. Everybody was so friendly and knew who I was!

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"I need to thank Incolmotos for giving me the chance to visit and discover how important MotoGP is to Latin America. Our day at the Tocancip? circuit was an amazing experience, it was fantastic to see the crowd so passionate, shouting and screaming. A big thank-you to all the Colombian fans who came to see me and to Yamaha Colombia for arranging everything. I hope MotoGP comes to Colombia soon.

"Just like Colombia, in Mexico we were treated like stars, so I was very happy and proud to be there. We only had one day but the people were very passionate and excited and also very charming and friendly.

"It is very important to keep promoting our sport in these countries where they don't have live races like those in Europe. This has been an amazing experience, I also need to thank Yamaha Motor Mexico for their amazing hospitality and efforts to bring me here.

"I hope to come back to Latin America soon and experience their warmth again!"

Although the proposed 2014 Brazilian round has been postponed, MotoGP will return to South America this year (for the first time since Rio 2004) courtesy of the new event in Argentina later this month.

Lorenzo, who fell from the lead on the opening lap of the Qatar season-opener, will be back on track during first Austin practice this Friday morning.