If Jorge Lorenzo continues his recent rate of points gained over Valentino Rossi, he'll take the MotoGP title lead from his team-mate this weekend in Catalunya.

Lorenzo heads for his home MotoGP having led every lap at the last three events to get within six points of Rossi. The Spaniard has outscored Rossi by 23 points during those events, for an average of 7.7 points per race.

The last rider to lead more consecutive race laps (78) than Lorenzo was Casey Stoner in 2007. The Australian led 88 race laps in a row, a record Lorenzo could beat on Sunday.

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"Three in a row is a good number of victories. I'd never thought this would be possible after a strange beginning of the championship with some external problems that affected my riding and also the results," said Lorenzo, who began the season with a pair of fourth places, then a fifth, before starting his winning run.

"After the win in Mugello I'm happy with my performance and also with the team's work. Everything is going well right now, I'm only six points behind Vale and the bike is feeling the way I like."

Lorenzo finished a disappointed fourth in last season's Barcelona race, but won the event in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

"The next stop is Barcelona and this is like my home race. I know Montmel? really well, I've been riding there for many years and I feel at home there. The track is really nice and is also good for Yamaha. I will give the maximum there and try to be prepared for the race so I can fight for the podium again."

"Last week it was Vale's and the team's home race, this week it's Jorge who gets to put on a show for his home fans," added team director Massimo Meregalli. "He is feeling good with the bike after his third victory in a row. Both [Lorenzo and Rossi] really like this circuit and have had good results here in the past, so we are looking forward to getting started."

Lorenzo's victory in Italy was the 36th of his MotoGP career, just one less than the great Mike Hailwood. Hailwood won four 500cc titles while Lorenzo is currently fighting for his third premier-class crown.

While Lorenzo has won three successive wins races four times during his MotoGP career, he is yet to claim four in a row.