Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Mugello high on confidence after reclaiming the MotoGP World Championship lead after his dominating win in Le Mans last time out.
The Spaniard rode the perfect race in France two weeks ago, eventually beating team-mate Valentino Rossi by over ten seconds, whilst reclaiming the World Championship lead, although he was aided due to Marc Marquez’ crash.
Lorenzo arrives at one of his favourite circuits on the back of a seven year podium streak, stretching back to 2009, boasting four victories in that seven year stretch too.
“We arrive in Mugello with the great satisfaction of the last race in France,” said the three-time MotoGP World Champion.
“At Le Mans we got an important victory and we are leading the championship so we are pretty motivated for the coming races, especially the one in Mugello, a track that I usually enjoy a lot,” he said.
“It’s a place where I’ve had some fun in the past. It’s one of my favourite places to ride and one of the most beautiful tracks in the world.”
Lorenzo has adapted to the new Michelin tyres and Magneti Marelli standard electronics arguably quicker than any other rider in the field. He is hoping that he can continue to work in tandem with the new components in Tuscany.
The sweeping faster corner nature of the Italian circuit provides the perfect setting to Lorenzo’s high-corner speed riding style aboard the dominant M1.
“The lay-out is perfect for the YZR-M1 and for my riding style as well so let’s see what happens this season with the new electronics and tyres.”
Lorenzo currently has a five point lead over Marc Marquez in the MotoGP World Championship standings, with Valentino Rossi is a further seven back in third place overall.
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