Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Japan high on confidence following an excellent ride to third place on the factory Ducati at Aragon.

Motegi has provided the Spanish rider with rich pickings in the past, with Lorenzo qualifying on pole in the MotoGP class four times and chalking up a hat-trick of victories in the Far East.

The 30-year-old started last year’s race on the front row but was forced to retire after sliding out. Now, the triple premier class champion is aiming to battle for his maiden victory on the Desmosedici GP17 at a circuit where holds a fine past record.

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“The podium at Aragon was very important for the team and it confirmed that we are going in the right direction,” Lorenzo said.

“Now the final part of the season is about to get underway, with three back-to-back fly-away races, and my aim is the same as ever: to fight for the podium and try and get my first win with Ducati.

“Motegi is one of my favourite tracks and I’ve managed to win there on a number of occasions in the past. I think that our bike adapts well to the characteristics of this track and so we’ll have a real possibility of getting a good result.”

Motegi heralds the beginning of three back-to-back flyaway rounds during a challenging period in the championship, with Phillip Island in Australia and Sepang in Malaysia preceding the final round at Valencia in Spain in November.


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It's supposed to be raining Friday Saturday and Sunday so he might have to wait a little longer for that first win.

I see that as a good thing

hes not as bad in wet as last year showed - it was a setup and tire issues and last wet race he was leading before he crashed playing with mapping changes - 


He has been goin well n the rain too!

Let's see how well the man and the machine work on this track. If he clicks, we're in for a boring race with the race winning overtake being made into turn 1 after the start and JL disappearing into the distance. But I've missed that a bit.

Rain =  mickey mouse .   dry  racing please.

 Got a feelin' that Phillip Island might be where he gets that first Ducati win. If the weather is good. Dovi will certainly need him to help take points off Marquez over the next four rounds. Hey, why not wildcard Stoner for P.I.?! Something for the home fans to cheer, if Jack's not back. (Thought I'd throw that one in for fun!)

Every race Jorge and the bike are starting to gell, on a bike that few have conquered. Slowly slowly the hard work is starting to pay off and when it does, then we'll have four to five guys fighting for the top step... my opinion only.

agree - a strong rider on a strong ducati could dominate the championship 

JL is very strong in corner speed and ducati is strong on straights - if they gel and keep both stregths - it will be a "MM WC run" killer