Jorge Lorenzo feels this weekend could be key in the 2012 MotoGP championship battle with a Grand Prix and test session scheduled at Estoril. The Spaniard takes a four point lead to Portugal but doesn't necessarily think Yamaha have an advantage over Honda and hopes to see a step forward in the test on Monday.
“We go to Estoril now, a track which has seen very good results for me. I have had some great victories here, and really enjoy the racing. I think we can be very strong in the race and as in Jerez I think the right tyres will be very important. We are leading the Championship but the competition is very tough so we must give everything to try and stay in front. We also will test on Monday which will be important to continue to make the 1000cc M1 even better.”
Teammate Ben Spies has had a disastrous season so far and is yet to finish in the top ten. The American doesn't have happy memories of Estoril but is fired up to change that on Sunday.
“It's been a pretty rough start to the season so far, we're going to Estoril determined to get our championship back on track and get back up there. I've been pretty unlucky in Portugal so it's time to change that and deliver a good result. We will work hard from the first session to find a good set up that works and see what we can do on Sunday.”