Beaten by Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in front of his home Spanish fans at Jerez, reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo is focussing on the positives.
Despite looking like the pre-race favourite, Lorenzo took comfort from claiming his third podium in four rounds, which in turn moved him four points closer to Honda title leader Marc Marquez.
“Jerez was a good race, not perfect because of the result, but at least we could add one more podium to our tally,” said Lorenzo, who celebrates his 29th birthday today (Wednesday).
“This season it's going to be crucial to keep scoring the maximum number of points every race, like we did in Jerez, so we can now focus on Le Mans, where we intend to do the same. France is often tricky because of the weather, so we need to be prepared in case it rains.
“Anyway my target is to try to get another podium and be a constant at the front, though it's still uncertain how we will be able to manage with the new tyres. Every race is different but we need to be focused the whole weekend and try to get the maximum from our package.”
Lorenzo was one of many riders to struggle with wheelspin at Jerez, with tyre behaviour a major unknown ahead of each event given it is Michelin's first season. The French company are bringing two near rear tyres for this weekend.
The Spaniard won at Le Mans last season, during four straight victories that laid the foundation for his third premier-class crown.