Lorenzo: Pressure is on Marquez

MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez has all the pressure on him going into the deciding race of the season this weekend, according to Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez holds a 21-point lead over Lorenzo’s Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso and needs to finish ahead or close to Dovizioso at Valencia in order to defend his title and claim a fourth MotoGP title.

Still, Lorenzo said that pressure management will be key for the defending champion.

“Andrea (Dovizioso) knows exactly what to do. He is a smart rider, he knows the bike really well and I’m convinced that he will do all he can to be competitive and try to win,” said Lorenzo.

“I think Marc is under more pressure right now. Only Marquez can lose the championship. If Dovi makes a mistake, nothing changes.”

Those sentiments were backed up by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, who added that the whole Ducati team “will all be in Valencia to support Dovizioso” as he bids to claim their first title since 2007.

“It has been a wonderful season,” said racing boss Gigi Dall’Igna. “But we cannot finish the season with a ‘but’, it has been a wonderful season, but….”

“We know that it’s very difficult, almost impossible, but we head to Valencia with this hope and this target in mind. We cannot do in a different way,” he added.

“This year we have raised the level arriving as the only title contender in the championship fight and second in the world standing with the final round remaining. We are not afraid of this ultimate challenge.”