|Lorenzo isn’t setting his sights on the championship just yet
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Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo is ready to be competitive at Jerez this weekend, following a tough weekend at Austin last time out.
Lorenzo has won four races at the Andalucian circuit and this weekend will be honored with having the final corner of the legendary circuit named after him. The Majorcan is lying joint first in the world championship standings with compatriot Marc Marquez, after first and a third position finishes in the opening two races. However, the 25 year old isn’t thinking about the championship this early in the season.
Lorenzo said “We arrive in Jerez, a nice track that is really special for all the Spanish riders involved in this Championship and always supported by the huge crowd on the grandstands. We have to keep calm and think about the Championship because it is so long. Normally Jerez is a better track for Yamaha but you never know with this level of riding where you are going to find your best circuit. Jerez is smaller than Austin and the straight is much shorter, this will give us less disadvantage. The flowing corners will also help us a lot. Jerez is one of my favourite tracks and we will be competitive there for sure.”
Italian teammate Valentino Rossi is also feeling positive ahead of the first European race of the 2013 season, hailing Jerez as a favourite circuit of his.
The nine times world champion is sitting in fourth position in the championship standings after a second and sixth finish in Qatar and Austin respectively. He aims to work on set up of the bike and is looking ahead to the official test on Monday.
Rossi revealed ”Jerez will be a very important race. I believe and hope that we can be very fast as we have been in testing. We will have to work well and aim for the podium. We still have something to do, especially for the set up of the bike but we have some ideas. Furthermore on Monday after the race we will be testing there and we’ll have the opportunity to try different things. Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello are all circuits that are favourable to us and where we will be fine.”