Jorge Lorenzo has promised that there will be no repeat of the mistakes that blighted his 2014 MotoGP campaign as he looks to challenge for a third world crown this year. Lorenzo was speaking at Movistar Yamaha’s official launch at the Madrid headquarters of Telefonica as the 2015 YZR-M1, complete with new livery, was unveiled.
“This event always means a special date for all of us”, Lorenzo explained. “It’s the official kick off of the season and I have to say it’s usually a special moment because we can see the final project and also the new livery. I love the new bike and I’m waiting to test it as soon as possible. With this unveiling starts a new challenge, an amazing challenge. I am much more motivated than ever to start this season.”
Lorenzo’s preparations for 2014 were blighted by his inability to adapt to the new Bridgestone tyres while a series of costly mistakes, including a first lap crash in Qatar and a jump start in Texas, saw his title hopes effectively ended before the season arrived in Europe. A year on though, Jorge is keen to banish those memories and push Marc Marquez all the way for the championship.
“I have prepared well physically and I feel good mentally too. This year we have high hopes with the new M1 because in 2014 we found at the end a good base and we could fight for the podium regularly during the second half of the season. I am convinced that this year things will change and both Yamaha and I will put all our efforts to try to achieve the goal that is simple: to fight for the title. Last year many things happened but I’ve also learned a lot and I think we can compensate and make a great year. I’m waiting to kick off the coming season in Qatar!“