Jorge Lorenzo says he feels in great shape ahead of the second half of the 2015 MotoGP championship but has played down his chances of victory in Indianapolis this weekend.
The two-time MotoGP champion recovered from a below-par start to the year with four consecutive race wins to move up to second in the rider's standings. Lorenzo heads to the Indianapolis Grand Prix 13 points off championship leader Valentino Rossi and feels he's in a strong position to reel in his Movistar Yamaha team-mate.
“I feel great, I'm in a very good shape and ready to face the important second part of the season,” Lorenzo said. “The first half was not so bad considering the beginning, so we are feeling very positive and hopefully we can fight in the best way possible with Valentino and Marc [Marquez].”
Despite the Yamaha rider's optimism for the second part of the season he feels victory in the US might be a tall order at a circuit which has typically favoured Honda.
Since the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event joined the MotoGP calendar in 2008 Honda has claimed five victories in the premier class, all since 2010, compared to Yamaha's two.
“Usually Indy is not one of my favourite tracks but I've won there in the past [in 2009],” he explained. “Last year the tarmac improved a lot but its layout is different to that of other circuits.
“I think we can contend for the podium again so we need to be very focused during the whole weekend to try to gain valuable points.”