Jorge Lorenzo says his target for the remainder of the season is simply to win races after admitting the championship is almost beyond him, starting at Phillip Island. The Yamaha rider trails Marc Marquez by 43 points and could lose his crown to the 20 year old on Sunday and wants to end the year on a high even if he looks set to miss out on the title.
“I’m still a bit disappointed after Malaysia because we thought we could get a better result. The championship is very difficult now with three races remaining but at least we fought and we put all our efforts to win it. Phillip Island is a pretty track that I like a lot. Last year I achieved my second MotoGP world title there and that was a fantastic feeling. This time hopefully the weather is not so bad and we can have some fun. I would like to win as many races as possible until the end of the season at Valencia. That’s our main goal and also to fight with Dani for second place in the championship, that is if we can’t get the title; that is looking quite difficult now. I guess this circuit can suit us better than Aragon or Malaysia so I look forward to riding in a good shape in Australia.”
Teammate Valentino Rossi won five consecutive races in Australia from 2001 to 2005 and expects the Phillip Island circuit to suit him and his motorcycle better than Sepang a week ago.
“I really like the Phillip Island circuit, it is great fun to ride here. The track is very different from Sepang and I think that for us it will be better. We are improving with every race and I’m curious to see what happens in Australia. I made good races here and I won a lot. My goal is always the same: fight with Jorge, Dani and Marc. Now we will try to do the best in the next three races. We are ready to do this!”
Free Practice 1 for the Australian Grand Prix will get underway at 00:55 UK time on Friday morning. The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.