Jorge Lorenzo arrives in the Netherlands high on confidence after four wins on the bounce and hopes to use it to beat his demons at the Assen TT circuit this weekend.
The last time the Spanish rider left Assen thrilled by his race weekend was in 2010 when he claimed victory on his way to his maiden MotoGP premier class world title. Since then the factory Yamaha rider has suffered multiple crashes caused by rivals or the weather and has notched up just one top five finish in the past four years.
In 2011 as defending MotoGP champion he was left fuming when the much-missed Marco Simoncelli took him out and exactly a year later Alvaro Bautista was the rider at fault for their off.
A heroic effort in 2013 saw Lorenzo fightback to take fifth place despite breaking his collarbone in a crash during a wet free practice session. The Spaniard flew to Barcelona a day before the race to undergo surgery and he demonstrated his mettle to battle through the pain.
However, last year his fear of crashing in wet conditions curtailed his chances as he dropped through the field to finish 13th. Even though Lorenzo has a poor recent record at the track he still says Assen is a huge highlight on the MotoGP calendar.
“Assen is maybe one of my two or three favorite tracks,” Lorenzo said. “I have good feelings there and also a few bad memories. Overall it's a place I love to race at. First of all because it is a track especially designed for motorbikes so the layout is amazing. The circuit is so fast and I love some of the high-speed corners there.”
This year Lorenzo will have one eye on the weather forecast, which is expected to be unsettled all race weekend, as he looks to maintain his momentum to take the championship lead from his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
“The forecast in Holland is always unpredictable so we need to wait and see if it's going to rain as usual or not,” he explained. “The last race in Barcelona was very tight at the end and Vale showed that he is also in a great shape. The bike is performing really well and I think Assen will suit us perfectly, but you never know.”