Jorge Lorenzo is optimistic Le Mans will offer him the chance to claw back more ground in the MotoGP World Championship this weekend.
Lorenzo has a strong record at the French track and clinched victory in 2015, a feat he is aiming to repeat on Sunday to bridge the 17-point deficit to title leader Marc Marquez.
“Le Mans has always been one of my favourite tracks, already from 125 to here, where I have been the fastest,” said the Movistar Yamaha rider.
“[I have had] a lot of victories and last year I got the victory after two years with not very good results: I was seventh in 2013 and I think sixth in 2014, so finally last year I could finish on the podium.
“For the moment, the season has been quite consistent, apart from the crash in Argentina, and this track is good for Yamaha and for my riding so I'm very excited to go fast from the beginning,” he added.
“After the problems most of the riders had in the Jerez race, Michelin brings here three different rear tyres so let's see if they solve a little bit of the problem we had in the straight at Jerez.”
Meanwhile, asked if he had any advice for newly announced Tech 3 Yamaha recruit Jonas Folger – who has been confirmed in the team for 2017 – Lorenzo it would be advisable to progress step by step in the premier class in the Moto2 contender's maiden season.
“The only advice you can give to a rider with the experience of Jonas is that, especially in the first year, it is better than you stay calm to understand more the tyres especially, which are different: you have to warm them up quite well before you push,” he said.
“Normally when you arrive in MotoGP in the first year you have many crashes and these can be hard and touch for your body, and you can have some injuries, so it's better in the first year to be step by step and understand these kind of things.
“The bike is more heavy and you can get more injured than in other classes, so this is the only advice because he is talented enough to understand the rest.”