Jorge Lorenzo continued a remarkable second-half MotoGP season turnaround with back-to-back wins at Aragon and Japan.

Those 50 points are more than Lorenzo scored in the opening five races combined - when struggles with the 2014 tyre construction and a relative lack of fitness were compounded by mistakes in Qatar and Texas.

But the Movistar Yamaha rider has scored more points than any other riders since the summer break and is now within three-points of team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Dani Pedrosa for second in the world championship.

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Lorenzo is the only rider, other than champion Marc Marquez, to have won more than a single race this year.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, Lorenzo said: "It was a great feeling to win in Motegi once again. Winning two races in a row after a very disappointing start of the season was unbelievable, not only for me but also for all the guys from Yamaha who worked really hard.

"Now I look forward to racing in Phillip Island, another amazing place to ride. Australia is always special and the layout is always perfect for having fun. To me the joy of riding there with the M1 is difficult to explain but I love the long and fast corners, especially the last one before going towards the straight to the finish.

"Hopefully we can have another great weekend and fight for the victory once again, which is so important regarding the second place in the championship."

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VKal: VR was right on MM tail, how could MM just do enough? Wouldn't he be pushing hard to clear VR?
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I think I must have watched a different race.
As I recall MM passed Rossi, Rossi bit back once, MM took him again and then gapped him.
MM finished 1.6 seconds behind Jorge and could have probably caught him if he really tried. But bearing in mind the falls in the past two races, Marc knew that beating Rossi was enough for the championship and he chose to sensibly bring it home rather than risk another crash chasing the leader.