|All eyes were on these two, after the Jerez GP
Reigning MotoGP champion, Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Le Mans in third place in the 2013 World Championship, behind the Honda duo of Pedrosa and Marquez. The recent birthday boy looked as though he was going to white wash the competition last time out in Jerez, prior to race day, but it was not to be as Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was on perfect form in the Andalucian circuit when the flag dropped.
Despite finishing third, Lorenzo was still in the headlines following the race, due to that oh-so-famous final corner lunge by Marc Marquez on the last lap; ironically, the recently newly branded “Lorenzo’s Corner”.
Le Mans is a circuit that has been good to Lorenzo in his premier class years, with the Spaniard having three victories to his name there, aboard his Yamaha M1. He will be looking to add to this tally, and put himself on top of the World Championship standings, as he sits just four points behind the leader, Marc Marquez. “Now we travel to France, to Le Mans, a special circuit which is a very different track to Jerez. I am looking forward to racing there. I arrive with a lot of motivation after the Jerez results. Perhaps we expected better there but we struggled much more than we expected because of the extreme heat on the track. Fortunately we worked a lot on the test day afterwards to solve little problems. That session helped us to understand what the main problems had been on the Sunday. I’ve always had very good results at Le Mans and it brings me good memories. Last year in fact, I got a victory in the wet by a great distance over the rest. I rode a perfect race, without making a single mistake and in terrible track conditions. I have won many times in France and think it’s a good track for both me and the Yamaha M1.”