Jorge Lorenzo is hoping progress made during post-event testing in Catalunya will see him challenging for MotoGP race wins once again as the world championship heads to Assen for the iconic Dutch TT.
The Spaniard is still looking for his first win of what has been a disappointing season so far, the Spaniard losing out to rivals Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa last time out in Spain as he laboured to a fourth place finish.
Now almost 100 points adrift of Marquez out front, the two-time MotoGP champion is hoping a productive test in Spain following the Catalunya race will give him the bike he needs to begin challenging for the spoils once again.
“After a bit of a disappointing weekend in Barcelona where I gave my best even when some circumstances didn't help us, we travel to Holland with plenty of optimism. In Barcelona we struggled a bit with the acceleration, especially in the last part of the track where we used to be so strong in the past. This year that issue didn't allow me to fight in front for the victory.
“Afterwards during two test days we found some solutions to solve that problem and we tested new things to try to cut off the distance with our main rivals. I look forward to racing in Assen, it's maybe my favorite circuit. It's a nice layout defined by some quick corners and a short straight that looks good for us, and especially for the Yamaha. In recent years I couldn't got so many good results but instead I always could find a good set up and ride in my best way.
“Last season I finished fifth after a surgery on my collarbone and I suffered a lot but finally I could conclude a very special race. Anyway, looking into the future it is the best opportunity to do my best and try to get my first win. We will see!”