It has been nearly two months since Jorge Lorenzo triumphed in Italy, but the Movistar Yamaha rider is confident that a “positive streak” is just over the horizon.
Lorenzo kicked off his campaign in style when he finished first in the season opener in Qatar before being forced to retire in Argentina. Despite the setback, he then claimed successive second-place finishes in America and Jerez before triumphing in France and Italy.
Since then things have gone downhill for the reigning MotoGP champion as he retired in Catalunya before finishing 10th last time out at Assen. As a result of his disappointing form, the 29-year-old finds himself 24 points behind Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez in the Championship standings.
Despite this, Lorenzo is confident that he can catch Marquez, but admitted he faces a tough battle to down the Spaniard.
“The 24 points advantage that Marc has is pretty big but it’s manageable,” Lorenzo told reporters.” But we have to finish in front of him in the next races, and that is something that will not be easy.”
This weekend, Lorenzo will be looking to rack up a career-first: a win at the Sachsenring.
Lorenzo has finished second four consecutive times at the venue, from 2009 to 2012, but a victory in Germany has proved elusive thus far. On Sunday he has another opportunity to end the drought and take the first step on his road to catching Marquez.
“I have never managed to win here, and it’s not a track that suits us too well given the characteristics of the Yamaha,” Lorenzo admitted. “But I think my positive streak will come soon when we go to circuits where I can win and recover a few points. That’s the goal, to fight for the title.”