After finally breaking his 2014 MotoGP victory drought, Jorge Lorenzo heads to Motegi with added inspiration from last year's victory over the Repsol Hondasof Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa (pictured).

Lorenzo, who joined MotoGP in 2008, had previously claimed victory within the first three races of each season. But a series of accidents, mistakes and tyre issues meant it took until round 14 for the double world champion to stand on to the top step of a 2014 podium.

Lorenzo triumphed during a tense dry-wet Aragon Grand Prix, where he broke off from the victory battle to switch to his wet bike, while race leaders Marquez and Pedrosa fell after trying to continue on slicks.

Related Articles

"First of all I would say it was a fantastic feeling to win at home in Arag?n," said Lorenzo. "We were able to manage a difficult race and taste the first victory of the 2014 season, which was amazing after a disappointing start. We solved many problems during the weekend and did a great job on Sunday with the whole team.

"Now we are traveling to Japan, a country I love for many reasons. I have great memories from last year, when we surprised everyone with a huge success in our rival's home. Last year we won at Motegi and also achieved the 200th victory for Yamaha in front of the two Honda bikes. It was unbelievable! Hopefully we can repeat it this time with another perfect weekend."

Lorenzo took a three-second victory over Marquez at Motegi last year, a circuit considered better suited to the Honda. With momentum on his side, Lorenzo is now just 12 points from Rossi and 15 points from Dani Pedrosa and second place in the world championship.

Barring his injury-interrupted rookie 2008 season, Lorenzo has not finished lower than second in the MotoGP standings.