Friday, April 15, 2011

Lorenzo all set for Jerez return

The reigning World Champion is excited at the prospect of this weekend’s Gran Premio bwin de España, where he won last year. Factory Yamaha Racing team-mate Ben Spies says he has “unfinished business” at the circuit.

Defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo is excited at the prospect of this weekend’s Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez, site of his first win of last year’s campaign and a track at which he will be greeted by a home crowd in excess of 100,000 on race day.

Lorenzo took victory at Jerez last season with a last-lap pass on Dani Pedrosa, and started his title defence in 2011 with a solid second place in Qatar.

"I am ready to come back to Jerez,” said Lorenzo. “We started the Championship so well in Qatar and I believe it is a great moment to ride for my people and my Fan Club here in Spain. Last year the situation was quite similar and perhaps I got the best victory of my career, closing a big gap in the last few laps.”

“We can't make predictions for Sunday, but my crew and I will work as much as possible to be in front. Jerez is a special place for me, maybe the best track in the world. When I was only 15, the day right after my birthday, I raced for the first time in front of 100,000 people here.”

Team-mate Ben Spies will be intent on scoring his first MotoGP points at the venue having been forced to retire during last year’s race, and after taking sixth place in Qatar is now ready to push on in southern Spain.

“I have unfinished business here at Jerez,” said the American. “I really enjoyed riding here last year and was disappointed not to be able to take some points from the race. Now I’m back with a full factory machine so I believe the outcome should be a little different! We have track knowledge from last year so we can focus straight away on getting the 2011 M1 set up and we’ll see what we can do. It’s my team-mate’s home race so I’m expecting a great atmosphere.”

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