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MotoGP Malaysia: Lorenzo sees tyre management as key at Sepang

Jorge Lorenzo believes tyre management could be the decisive factor at Sepang as he continues to hunt down Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP title fight.
Jorge Lorenzo believes tyre management could be the decisive factor at Sepang as he continues to hunt down Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP title fight.

The two-time MotoGP champion cut Rossi's advantage to 11 points last time out at Phillip Island after finishing runner-up to Marc Marquez, with the Italian dropping off the rostrum for just the second time all season in fourth.

Heading to Sepang with the pressure rising, Lorenzo has confirmed his targets remain the same and says if he is to claim victory in Malaysia for the first time in his MotoGP career managing the Bridgestone tyre wear will be vital.

“Phillip Island was an extremely exciting race and the results weren't too bad considering our main rival finished fourth,” Lorenzo said. “Now we face the Sepang race, a complicated racetrack because of the extremely hot temperatures and humidity. I think there the key to fight for the victory will be the tyre performance and I think we're in with a shot for the win again.

“The main goal is to cut some more points from Valentino's margin and I will try to arrive to Valencia with a smaller disadvantage. I feel strong and look forward to racing in Malaysia.”

The Spanish rider also paid tribute to Yamaha after it secured the manufacturer honours alongside the teams' title in Australia, guaranteeing itself the Triple Crown with only Rossi and Lorenzo left standing in the title race.

“I would like to congratulate all the Yamaha family after achieving the second title of the season in Australia,” he said. “I'm very proud of all the team members and the engineers who made this possible by working really hard in Japan during the whole season.”

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October 21, 2015 4:13 PM

The pressure is on both of them. Jorge has to win both races, unless Valentino has a very bad day at the office either at Sepang or Valencia. I wouldn't count on that. Valentino has to win one of the remaining two races. To do that, he needs to qualify on the front row. Sepang is his best option. Lorenzo needed to win at Philip Island, but the result still achieved his objective. Rossi still has points to play with, but there's no margin for comfort. I don't have a favourite, but I just hope it's decided by racing, and not crashing. It's a fascinating battle, and it's full of other complications....Marquez, Iannone, Pedrosa....bring it on!


October 21, 2015 12:11 PM

Jibraltar: stay cool as always, Jorge. the pressure is on Vale, but the crown is for you. he is the one who is chasing the 10th world title which is very important for his record. and it must be done THIS YEAR. there's no chance for next year 'cause he's getting older. you see that famous number? that is his real age! the pressure is on him. good luck, handsome.
Who is handsome?

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