|Lorenzo made it look easy in Qatar
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Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo started off his 2013 defense by proving he will be a hard man to beat. He won the race in Qatar with an astonishing lead under the floodlights.
Lorenzo showed no signs of feeling the pressure, starting in pole position he led the race from the first corner and pulled a gap of almost a second after just the first lap.
His lead continued to grow to over seven seconds and seemed untouchable for the 22 laps, using his trademark smooth style that won him his 2012 championship.
Jorge revealed “Half an hour before the race I felt a little bit nervous so I had to really concentrate and relax on the grid. I knew it was going to be difficult to open a gap but I had to try, I made a good start and pushed more than 100%. In the beginning it was hard to open the gap as Pedrosa didn’t want to let me get away, he tried to stay with me but after six or seven laps I opened the gap which made me more confident to keep my pace. I’m very happy for Yamaha and happy for Valentino as he has now passed two difficult years.”
The Spaniard is leading the championship going into the second race of the season, at new track COTA in Austin, Texas.