1 January 1901
Lorenzo glad of quick turnaround.
While there will be those who dislike the thought of flitting from Mugello to Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya for back-to-back MotoGP events, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo will not be among them - despite his battered body suggesting otherwise.
The Spanish rookie has made a flying start to life in the top flight, but is eager to get back on his bike - literally and figuratively - after suffering his first retirement in another accident at the Italian GP on Sunday.
Starting from a worst-of-the-season seventh on the grid, Lorenzo appeared to be on course for decent points before making a mistake while attacking Andrea Dovizioso and sliding into the gravel. Vowing to learn from his error, the 21-year old is grateful to the short period of time between races, which will prevent him from pondering the frustrations of Mugello as he heads to his second home race of 2008.
"I'm quite lucky because, after the crash at Mugello, there's no time to dwell on it," he said, "We're straight back to business this week and, on Friday, I'll be back on the bike. I'm also going there in good spirits because it's my home grand prix, and I'm looking forward to making my MotoGP debut there."
The Circuit de Catalunya is probably the closest thing to a true 'home' venue for Lorenzo, as he lived in Barcelona for much of his early career and hails from Mallorca, just a short ferry ride from the city. The Michelin-shod Yamaha rider has also enjoyed his share of success there, starting from a record-pace pole in last year's 250cc class and taking the fifth victory of his title-winning season, but arrives in Barcelona still nursing the two fractured ankles that he sustained in China a month ago.
Despite that, however, the Spaniard is confident that head-scratching within his team since Mugello can help him add to the three poles, one win and three podiums that he ahs amassed since joining MotoGP at the start of the season.
"Finally, yesterday, we found what the problem had been over the past two races and now it's just a case of working to solve it," he revealed.
Yamaha engineer Daniele Romagnoli shares his rider's optimism, and confirmed that the team will try a different range of settings from the start of the Barcelona weekend.
“This is a home grand prix for Jorge and we're confident that the work we did at Mugello can be very useful there - and for the other races coming up," he noted, "We know why he wasn't so competitive on Sunday and, at Barcelona, we'll try a different set-up, concentrating on the traction control setting.
"We're sure that the fans will help to make him feel at home and give him even more motivation to succeed this weekend. Physically, he is growing stronger with each passing day and, thankfully, he escaped without any setbacks to his ankles in his crash at Mugello, so we think he'll be in good shape again in Barcelona. I believe we can be competitive in the way Yamaha showed at Mugello.”
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