7 November 2015
MotoGP Valencia: Lorenzo: No special tactics, I'll just be Jorge
'I will try to be myself, try to be Jorge on the bike, every corner, every lap, and not more or not less' - Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP World Championship title favourite Jorge Lorenzo has no special tactics for Sunday's decider at Valencia in Spain and says he will simply 'try to be Jorge'.
The Movistar Yamaha rider gave himself the best chance possible of making a decisive start to the 30-lap race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit by securing pole position with a superb record lap on the M1, which the 28-year-old later hailed as the best of his career.
Lorenzo needs to overhaul team-mate Valentino Rossi's seven-point advantage to become world champion in the premier class for the third time and is odds-on to achieve the feat, with Rossi starting from the rear of the grid.
The Majorcan admits he is feeling more tense than normal before a race given the stakes involved but intends to adopt the same approach as normal, when Lorenzo will try to assert his authority from the word go.
“I will try to be myself, try to be Jorge on the bike, every corner, every lap, and not more or not less,” he said.
“I will try and it's not sure that it's going to be like that, but I will try to be myself – the same as I did this year: we had different results at every race, but I always tried to be myself on the bike and ride at my best.
“I don't think it's good thing to have too many things on my mind. We have some hours to plan the strategy for tomorrow, maybe even tomorrow after the warm-up. I think especially in the first laps it is important to have a clear mind and to just do your race and try to have a good pace,” Lorenzo added.
“I think from the middle of the race this information [Rossi's progress in the race] can be good to know, but I think the race plan is to try to be as fast as possible and try to finish as strong as possible.”
Lorenzo says he has too much experience to allow the magnitude of the occasion to get the better of him, although he does concede to feeling a 'little' more tense on the eve of the race.
“I think when I was younger, with pressure I ride a little bit worse than without it – especially in the race and in some races I expected to get a better result and finally in the race the pressure could win with me,” he said.
“But with experience gives you the knowledge to handle a little bit better these kind of things and sometimes it happens that even in the moment of pressure I can go even faster; not always and sometimes the pressure can make you more tense in the braking especially, but today luckily this was not the case and I can make a good lap.
“I know what I feel, what I think, but for the moment it is normal that when you are fighting for an important thing you get a little bit more tense,” added Lorenzo.
“But 12 or 13 years of experience tell me quite a bit about that, so I hope that tomorrow just to think a bit about the race but not to think many things on the head, to try to enjoy riding and try to ride at your best.”
Lorenzo wouldn't be drawn on whether he or Rossi was under more pressure going into the final race, saying: “I don't know what Valentino is thinking or the pressure he is having at this moment.”
His stunning pole lap served as a huge boost on Saturday and Lorenzo feels his performance in Q2 was the best of his career.
“The tension I have before the qualifying was telling me to give a little bit more and it was the right moment and the most important moment to do this, so I'm very proud of the lap because it was probably the best one of my career,” he said.
“I didn't expect it, but sometimes it happens and you have to enjoy it at this moment because tomorrow the tension is quite high.
“It is difficult with both tyres and when you don't have the rear grip that you have in the first two laps, after the front is pushing more in the corner. I think every rider will have this problem tomorrow but the one who will have a better set-up and a better pace for the race will have more possibilities to keep a closer pace,” Lorenzo added.
“But for sure it's going to be very difficult to keep a '31 low, we are going to try, but from the middle of the race until the end it will be hard because at this time the front tyre is quite soft for the conditions.”
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