Jorge Lorenzo may have avoided the mistakes that marred his start to last season, but two fourths and a fifth is below expectations for the double MotoGP champion - who hasn't taken a podium since last October.

Lorenzo can draw some comfort from the fact that the 37 points scored is 15 more than this time last year, when he was also 53 points from the title lead rather than 29. But now it's Lorenzo's own Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, winner of two of the opening three races, who is at the head of the standings.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo emphasised that there are still 15 rounds remaining, the first of which is in front of his home Spanish fans at Jerez this weekend.

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"After the three first races of the championship I have to say that, though the results weren't as I expected, this season is still long, so we are very focused on working hard and trying to get better results from now on," Lorenzo said.

"During last week I was able to train a lot. In front of us is the GP in Jerez, one of the most challenging races of the year and it's also one of the most exciting, because of the atmosphere.

"We come back to Europe and Spain and I like that. I look forward to racing there in front of all the Spanish fans and I will do my best to try to get my first podium of the season. The track is really nice and I hope to do a good job with my M1."

Lorenzo - who celebrates his 28th birthday on Monday - finished fourth at Jerez last season, 8.5s from winner Marc Marquez and 7s behind runner-up Rossi.