Though he has been a winner in Mugello for the last three season, Jorge Lorenzo highlights his run to 250GP victory in 2006 as the race he wants to repeat in an effort to get his 2014 MotoGP season back on track.
In a season that has seen Lorenzo struggle for form, with just a single podium finish from the opening five races, his impressive record in Mugello – which includes three consecutive MotoGP wins between 2011 and 2013 – has raised hopes of a revival this weekend.
Indeed, Lorenzo says he feels stronger than the results suggest, adding that the characteristics of the Italian circuit play to the strengths of both his riding style and the Yamaha M1.
“We are more competitive than we are showing in the races,” he insists. “I need to recover my physical condition, but every race is better and better, so we arrive here better than we did in Le Mans. This circuit suits the Yamaha and myself.
“At Le Mans I hoped to make a good start and overtake some riders, but I couldn't. We had a new setting in the warm-up that I felt was better, but it turned out to be worse. I am optimistic though, I feel stronger physically, which is important.
A 'special race' for Lorenzo, the Spaniard is hoping for a similar scenario to 2006 when, after a run of bad form, he bounced back with a timely win that ultimately spurred him on to the 250GP title.
“It's a very special race,” he added. “It is a beautiful track and it is very special for me, especially in 2006 when I arrived in a difficult moment but I won the race. Hopefully something similar will happen and we can do as well as last year.”