Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Malaysia in buoyant mood as the 2013 MotoGP season nears its conclusion. The reigning champion is mindful that time is running out to hold onto his crown with Marc Marquez entering the final four races 39 points ahead but Lorenzo is refusing to give up.
“Now we start the big trip with three races in a row and face the last part of the championship, the crucial part. After Aragon where we fought so hard we now visit a special circuit. Sepang is a track everybody knows really well. I guess all the riders will be strong there because we made a couple of pre-season tests. Sepang is a long and technical circuit with two great straights but also some nice corners. The worst thing is it’s always stormy and you never know when it is going to rain. I have some good memories there but we need to keep focus now on the race and try to recover a little bit to Marquez. The championship is difficult but we want to fight until the end. Let’s see what happens!”
After his podium at Aragon, teammate Valentino Rossi is hoping to be a little closer to the frontrunners this weekend given his experience and track record around Sepang.
“The Sepang circuit is a track that I like a lot, I have had many great victories there. I think it suits the Yamaha quite well. It’s very demanding physically because it’s very hot but it’s also a great track and challenge because of this. I want to try to make a good weekend and work hard on the set up to arrive competitively for the race on Sunday.”