Jorge Lorenzo is only looking forward as he looks to keep his title hopes alive at the San Marino Grand Prix. The reigning champion finished off the podium for the second race in succession at Indianapolis, falling 44 points behind Casey Stoner.

With just six races remaining, the Spaniard is mindful that he cannot allow Stoner to get any further ahead and knows he needs to keep up his impressive record at the Adriático circuit.

“I hope to leave the last race behind us. We go straight to Misano now, a track I like and where I have won and got some podiums. My team and I will try to come back to the top and continue fighting for the Championship!”

While Lorenzo heads to San Marino in determined mood, Ben Spies will take to the track full of confidence after a strong ride to third at Indy. The American had the edge on his teammate all weekend and is desperate to fight at the front again this weekend.

“It's pretty tiring heading back to back across the Atlantic but I have always enjoyed racing at Misano. I had really good fortune there in my World Superbike year and enjoyed some great battles last year in my first MotoGP race on the track. We're taking the confidence of the podium finish with us from Indianapolis so I'm looking forward to setting up on Friday and tackling the track on a factory bike for the first time.”

As Team Director Massimo Meregalli explains, this weekend is an important one for the Yamaha squad, in more ways than one.

“The team headquarters are just a couple of hundred kilometres away so Misano is one of our 'home' races and we are all looking forward to it. Ben's fight back to the podium in Indianapolis proved that we have a competitive package and we know that Jorge is strong at this circuit and still fighting for the Championship. We will look to find a good set up quickly and I have confidence we can challenge for good results.”