Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo is hoping to put up a strong performance in Le Mans this weekend in order to catch up with Marc Marquez atop the MotoGP standings.
The reigning MotoGP champion began his season with a bang as he came first in Qatar before faltering in Argentina, where he was forced to retire after crashing. He bounced back with second place finishes in America and at Jerez, but still trails Marquez by 17 points.
Lorenzo, though, is not too concerned about Marquez’s lead given the fact that he has enjoyed a lot of success in Le Mans in the past.
“Le Mans has always been one of my favourite tracks, already from 125 to here, where I have been the fastest,” Lorenzo told reporters. “[I have had] a lot of victories and last year I got the victory after two years with not very good results: I was seventh in 2013 and I think sixth in 2014, so finally last year I could finish on the podium.
“For the moment, the season has been quite consistent, apart from the crash in Argentina, and this track is good for Yamaha and for my riding so I’m very excited to go fast from the beginning.”
Lorenzo added that he doesn’t expect to have the same tyre issues he experienced during the most recent race in Jerez as three different rear tyres will be available.
“After the problems most of the riders had in the Jerez race, Michelin brings here three different rear tyres so let’s see if they solve a little bit of the problem we had in the straight at Jerez,” he added.