By FOX Sports Staff
On the Wednesday evening before the 2013 MotoGP season opener at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, Lorenzo reflected on pushing his Yamaha Factory Racing bike all the way until the final race in the last campaign.
"We did some good tests during the winter and I'm really exited for the first race," Lorenzo said at a pre-race press conference.
"Really looking forward to the race. It looks like it's going to be an exciting season. Fitness wise and general preparation - I'm ready to go."
Standing in his way of success, will undoubtedly be reigning champion Lorenzo who is looking to get off the mark quickly in the new season.
However, this season's title race is expected to be a tight affair again with Lorenzo set to defend against not only Pedrosa, but against the challenge of team-mate Valentino Rossi as well as the arrival of Marc Marquez to Repsol Honda Team.
"It's always very important to start in the best way possible in the first race, as it gives you confidence for the next races," Lorenzo said.
"But the competition will be very strong. Marc has come from Moto2 and Vale is again in the Yamaha team. We are four or five riders that are favourites for the title. But there are three of four others that can also stay with us."
Having shown some glimpses of old form during pre-season, many eyes will be focussed on nine-time Grand Prix Wolrd Champion Rossi.
"I'm happy about my performance in the winter tests, as I was quite strong in Sepang and Jerez; I had some problems in Austin. But for sure the races are quite different from the tests," he said.
"I like to ride the M1, I'm quite fast, but the level is very high. It will be a great motivation trying to raise my level and speed and fight for the podium."
Rossi and Lorenzo have brought Yamaha six world titles between them, but their three-year term as team-mates between 2008 and 2010 was not always amicable.