Lorenzo confident ahead of season opener

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo is brimming with confidence ahead of the first race of the season in Qatar on Sunday. 

Lorenzo, who won his third MotoGP title last year, racked up the fastest times in two of the three practice sessions at the Losail International Circuit earlier this month.

Despite looking in ominous form, Lorenzo is refusing to get ahead of himself as he knows that clinching first place in the race on Sunday will be no easy feat.

“I feel very strong and arrive very confident to this first match of the season,” he told reporters. “I‘m happy I adapted quite well to the Michelin tyres and we proved it during two of three tests.

“However we need to keep our feet on the ground because until Sunday the points are not distributed so we have to work hard from Thursday on to get a good position and then demonstrate our strong pace in the race.”

Last season, Lorenzo seemed to be on track to win in Qatar, but the protective foam in his HJC helmet came loose and obscured his vision, resulting in him finishing in fourth place. The Spaniard has since switched from HJC to Shark Helmets, and is aiming to start the upcoming season on a brighter note. 

“I would like to start this 2016 season in the best way possible, especially compared to the beginning of 2015. Let‘s go into this race fighting and enjoy it,” he said.