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MotoGP Argentina: ‘Feet on the ground’ for Lorenzo

“I want to check if the bike with these electronics and tyres works well everywhere.” - Jorge Lorenzo.
The dominant rider for much of winter testing, it was no great surprise when reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole, victory and fastest lap at the Qatar season-opener.

But MotoGP is still in the early stages of its new Michelin/single ECU era and, as shown by Lorenzo's struggles at the Phillip Island test, nothing can be taken for granted.

That is especially the case for this weekend's Argentina round, where - unlike at Losail - riders will have no prior testing knowledge and Lorenzo has a prior best finish of third.

“I look forward to racing in Argentina,” Lorenzo said. “After the victory in Qatar and the good feelings on track, I now want to race at a circuit where in the past we struggled a bit.”

The Spanish ace was just fifth in Argentina last season after struggling with both a cold and the hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre, which team-mate Valentino Rossi used to reel in race leader Marc Marquez.

“We need to keep our feet on the ground. We started the championship in a perfect manner but we still need to understand what the behaviour of the bike is like for different track layouts," he confirmed. "I want to check if the bike with these electronics and tyres works well everywhere.

“Anyway to kick off the season like we did in Qatar is a good way to get confidence and work even harder to try to fight again for the victory here. The track is really nice and Argentina as well so I feel happy to go there.”

While Rossi has already re-signed, Lorenzo is yet to accept his two-year extension offer amid speculation he will be targeted by Ducati.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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March 30, 2016 6:27 PM

There were apparently two main reasons that Stoner left Ducati in 2010. One was that Ducati had apparently offered Lorenzo something like double what they were paying Stoner, so he asked them how much they were willing to pay to keep him there. Del Torchio offered to give him the same as he was already paid. On top of that, he wasn't happy with the way Del Torchio treated him when he was sick. Lorenzo didn't take Ducati's offer in 2010, but Rossi did after Stoner signed with Honda. It probably irks him that Rossi is paid substantially more than him at Yamaha, yet the lion's share of wins since 2010 have been Lorenzo. Obviously Rossi is more brand than racetrack threat these days, and brand has genuine value - and Lorenzo would get that, but ego is a funny thing. There might be a few more surprises in store for us yet.


March 30, 2016 3:34 PM

Sensible comment from Jorge. Great start to the season indeed,but we need to see the results from half a dozen races to see where he and the others really stand. Is Jorge the favourite to win this year? Probably,but way too early yet start writing others off.

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