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Yamaha: Lorenzo can catch Pedrosa.

Having returned to front row qualifying and podium race finishing form at the last two rounds, Jorge Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha team manager Daniele Romagnoli believes that another race win - and perhaps even third in the final MotoGP World Championship standings - is a realistic possibility.

Lorenzo, who suffered a demoralising run of injuries after his debut MotoGP victory at round three in Portugal, heads to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix having finished second and third at the last two rounds.

Whilst most attention will be on team-mate Valentino Rossi's attempt to secure his sixth world title at Motegi on Sunday, Lorenzo still has a valuable part to play in helping Yamaha lift the teams' and constructors' championships - both of which it leads comfortably from Honda.

"The whole team is on a high after Sunday's race, we had a great team dinner with both riders on Sunday night in Indianapolis and not only are we all backing Valentino to win the riders' championship but we're working hard together to win the constructors' and teams' title too," said Romagnoli.

"We hope Jorge can make a big contribution to that, as he has done all season, and we go to Japan in a very positive frame of mind.

"From our side of the garage we can't help but look at the possibility of finishing third in the championship but our real target is to have more good races, some more podiums and maybe even celebrate one more victory before the end of the season," he declared.

Lorenzo's fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa currently occupies third position, 37 points in front with four rounds to go, but Jorge has outscored the Repsol Honda rider 42-22 during the last three rounds.

However Lorenzo, Michelin's highest ranked rider in the championship standings following Pedrosa's Bridgestone switch, has scored just one podium previously at Motegi, a third in the 2006 250cc event.

"Motegi is the first circuit on our Pacific tour and I have high hopes for new success there. After the two podiums of Misano and Indianapolis, the team and I want to give Yamaha another similar performance because this race is very important for the brand.," he said.

"I trust in the work Michelin are doing with the tyres, although Motegi is one of the few circuits at which I have never won. I did get the first-ever fastest lap of my career there however, in 2003. I am looking forward to the race!"

Whilst in Japan, Lorenzo will make his first visit to the Yamaha factory at Iwata.

"It's been a year since I signed my contract with Yamaha, but I still haven't visited their factory. I am sure it will amaze me!" he said.


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