Jorge Lorenzo’s main focus at this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix is to strengthen his championship position, even if that means failure to win. The Yamaha rider saw his advantage over Dani Pedrosa cut to thirteen points after his compatriot beat him at Brno and admits his top priority is to finish ahead of the Repsol Honda.

“We arrive at Misano now which is a track I like very much, we had a great victory here last year and many podium finishes. We are still leading the Championship so we must work hard this weekend to keep it and if possible to increase it. We will aim for the podium and if it is possible, the victory.”

Like Lorenzo, teammate Ben Spies enjoys riding around the Misano circuit but the 2012 season has been anything but enjoyable for the American. Spies is desperate for a weekend where things fall into place for him so he can prove what he’s capable of.

“Misano is a track I really enjoy riding, I’ve had some great races here. I think if we’d had a couple more laps last year then I could have maybe been past Andrea and Marco. It’s been an unbelievable year but we’ll give it 100% as always this weekend and fingers crossed it’ll be trouble free and we can show our true potential.”