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Lorenzo set to re-write rookie rules.

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.”

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Matt - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 11:42 PM

When has he used injuries to mask his failure to get good results? I haven't seen him complain about being hurt at all the entire season. I don't follow 250's closely, so when he moved to MotoGP everyone said he was an arrogant pr*ck, but so far I have been very impressed with him. He has a pretty humble approach to things, and he's fast as hell. He'll find the limits and sort out his crashing then he'll be a force. I predict he'll be much more of a force than Pedrosa, because Pedrosa can't battle to save his life. Someone passes him and he's done, he drops back and lets them have the position.

The Morgue

October 21, 2008 2:41 PM
Last Edited 3140 days ago

Kenny Roberts Sr. won his first 500cc title (1978) in his first year, without knowing the tracks! He came and conquered. How's that for a rookie? :) 'Air' Lorenzo sure made a big impression this year but staying on the thing is an important aspect of this sport.

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