After mounting a surprise assault on the Repsol Honda dominance in Qatar, Jorge Lorenzo stands an excellent chance of repeating his 2010 Jerez home victory this weekend - a result that would put him level with Alex Criville as the most successful Spanish premier-class rider of all time.

Criville, the 2000 world champion, took 15 wins during his career, while 2010 champion Lorenzo currently has 14 wins to his credit.

After a Honda-dominated winter, Lorenzo only lost an average of 0.156sec per lap to Qatar winner Casey Stoner during the 22-lap season-opening night race - and was ecstatic at snatching second away from the Australian's factory team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

And while the Losail circuit favours the powerful RC212Vs, the twists and turns of Jerez should play much more into the hands of the Yamaha M1s.

Last year, Lorenzo closed a 1.5sec gap to countryman Pedrosa in the last five laps to snatch victory - then celebrated by jumping into a lake!

"I am ready to come back to Jerez. We started the championship so well in Qatar and I believe it is a great moment to ride for my people and my Fan Club here in Spain," said Lorenzo.

"Last year the situation was quite similar and perhaps I got the best victory of my career, closing a big gap in the last few laps. We can't make predictions for Sunday, but my crew and I will work as much as possible to be in front.

"Jerez is a special place for me, maybe the best track in the world. When I was only 15, the day right after my birthday, I raced for the first time in front of 100.000 people here."

Lorenzo may be playing down expectations, but team manager Wilco Zeelenberg highlighted the difference in past form between Stoner and Lorenzo at Jerez.

Lorenzo has taken three wins and four podiums from his last five races at Jerez, while 2007 world champion Stoner has only taken one podium finish (third in the 2009 MotoGP race) from nine starts - in all classes - at the Spanish track.

"After a great first race we are actually quite keen to get to Jerez because we know Jorge has good speed here, especially compared to Casey," said Zeelenberg.

"He won his first ever Spanish MotoGP race here last year so we can't wait to see if we can fight like we did in Qatar, maybe even a little better!

"The results from the first race give us extra confidence, we know we can be fast and Jorge has the talent to fight with the best for the podium."



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