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.

“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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