Lorenzo delighted to take the title fight to Valencia

Motegi hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Lorenzo in the past.
Motegi hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Lorenzo in the past.

Defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo is delighted after winning the Japanese MotoGP to take the title fight down to the last round of the season in Cheste.

Lorenzo, who hadn’t won in Japan since 2009, withstood the immense pressures of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in this weekends race, before Marquez decided to settle for second place.

“Looking at the race classification all the top five after me were Honda riders and normally this track is better for them,” said Lorenzo speaking after the race.

“So winning at Honda’s home track with Yamaha’s 200th victory in the MotoGP class, when we also took a risk with the soft tyre, was a pleasure. It was a hard race physically but I kept my concentration and I really wanted this victory.”

Lorenzo and his team only made the decision to shift to the soft tyre moments before the start of the race, and it was a gamble that paid off and the defending world champion explained.

“We made the decision late on because just before the race the temperature was 10 degrees warmer than in morning practice and I felt better on the softer tyres. I think it was the right choice for me on the Yamaha but maybe for the Hondas they were better on a different tyre.”

Lorenzo’s 51st career victory means reduced the gap to currently championship leader Marc Marquez down to 13 points, with just one race remaining. However with this win, Lorenzo moved ahead of Marquez in race wins for the season, meaning should Marquez and Lorenzo end of the same amount of points, Lorenzo would retain the title.
“When you look at the Moto3 and Moto2 races today you never know what can happen.
“Until we finish racing we know the championship is not over. I’m not the leading rider so it’s not all up to me, so let’s see how our strategy is at Valencia. I am the rider with the most victories in 2013 and that’s very important.”

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