Jorge Lorenzo is heading to Misano targeting back-to-back victories as he looks to keep his title hopes alive. The reigning champion edged out Marc Marquez in a thrilling finish at Silverstone but remains 39 points behind the Repsol Honda rider with just six races remaining.
With that in mind, Lorenzo is aiming high and expects his Yamaha to perform well enough to put him right in contention at the front.
“I feel strong again like I was at Montmeló and Mugello before the crash. The performance at Silverstone was really good, the only weak point there was the top speed compared to our rivals, but at last we achieved a great victory against Marc. I thought it was pretty difficult to beat him when he overtook me but finally I could get the win and it was fantastic. Misano is a track I enjoy a lot and also the Yamaha is comfortable there. My next goal is to fight for the victory once more and think race by race, improving our pace step by step.”
Teammate Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best race of 2012, and indeed his entire Ducati career, at Misano and twelve months on, the Italian is hoping to be competitive again.
“After the last round in Silverstone we are of course quite motivated for the next race. Jorge likes Misano a lot; he did great races there in the past. I cannot say that our bike is better or worse than our competitors in Misano because finally last year we took the win and Dani had some problems. The most important thing is that Jorge is fit again and is feeling fine so I expect a great challenge at Misano.”