Jorge Lorenzo is eager to wrap a fine maiden season in MotoGP by cementing the 'Rookie of the Year' title as he embarks on his third home race of the season at Valencia.
While a failure to finish in Malaysia ended his hopes of snatching third place – and the role of top Spaniard – in the overall standings, Lorenzo is still on the verge of becoming the highest placed four-stroke rookie rider in MotoGP history.
Needing to finish just 12th to ensure he beats fellow newcomer Andrea Dovizioso to the position, Lorenzo wants to repeat his podium result from Jerez, rather than his non-finish in Barcelona.
“Sunday was really disappointing but I am not hurt and now we are looking forward to Valencia. It's the third 'home' race for me and since at the last one, in Barcelona, I couldn't race, I especially want to get a good result for all my fans.
“It will be a special race because it's the 10th anniversary of the Valencia circuit. Of course it is a little sad that I am no longer fighting for third in the Championship, but I can still be Rookie of the Year and this is what I am aiming for. It is really important for me and for all my team.
Although he acknowledges that he doesn't have a successful record at Valencia, Lorenzo at least wants to give Michelin a strong final result following the confirmation that Bridgestone has won the tender to be the control tyre supplier in 2009.
“I don't have the best record at Valencia, I've never won the race there, although I was second in 2005, but I do have great memories from winning the 250cc world championship there in 2006.
“It will be our last race with Michelin, who I won my first premier class race with, and more than anything I want to get a good result for them, for my tyre technician Pierre, for Jean-Phillipe Weber and of course for my team.”