By FOX Sports Staff
Winner of the inaugural race of the 2013 MotoGP season, Lorenzo will be the favourite at the much-anticipated MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
"In Qatar it was almost the perfect weekend, but the season is a long way yet," he said.
"We were here one month ago and it was not easy for us. But it will be interesting to see how the track has changed in that time.
"I'm very excited to get out. It's really difficult - one of the most difficult tracks in my career to understand. But we will have a big advantage over the teams that weren't here to test."
Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez was amont the riders who gathered for the pre-race press conference. Merquez, who stunned fans with a great performance last time out and was fastest at the COTA test, is not getting carried away just yet.
"We started the season better than expected," he said.
"Here we will see, and we'll have to forget Qatar. We'll focus on race set-up and then do our best. We did a test here that was good for us, but now it will be different.
"Especially the first part of the track is important with the many changes of direction, as well as the last part with the long right-hander. It's very important to have the right line."
Meanwhile, Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow has not previously been to the track, yet aims to continue the good pace shown in Qatar two weeks ago.
"I managed to get here last night [Wednesday] and do a few laps of the track [not on MotoGP bike] to have a look - it's a great circuit and facility and the big incline to the first corner is great," the British hopeful said.
"I've taken away the positives from Qatar, especially as Jorge and Valentino [Rossi] showed the potential of the bike. But if you miss three days on these guys it could be near impossible [to challenge for a win].
"My job is to be at the front of the rest."
The much-anticipated MotoGPat the Circuit of the Americas this weekend got underway with Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team's Marc Márquez, Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow, Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies, Yamaha Motor Racing's Managing Director Lin Jarvis, as well as COTA President Steve Sexton, gathering for the pre-race press conference.
After the press conference, Ducati Team's Nicky Hayden and NGM Mobile Forward Racing's Colin Edwards took to the track with Dynavolt Intact GP's Sandro Cortese, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3's Jonas Folger and Red Bull KTM Ajo's Luis Salom, to pass on some of their local knowledge of the circuit.
They explained the numerous hotspots and characteristics of the track, whilst finishing the lap with a visit to its spectacular tower for the best view in the house.