Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo heads to the 5th round of the 2013 championship in Mugello, Italy, where the Spaniard will be hoping to get his title fight back on track after a disappointing race in Le Mans, which saw him score a 7th place; his worst finish since Valencia in 2008.
|Lorenzo has won at the past two visits to Mugello
The French GP weekend started out very well for Lorenzo with another front row start. However, he fell backwards rapidly through the race after problems with the bike occurred in the difficult conditions. As a result, the Yamaha rider sits 3rd in the championship and 11 points off second place Marc Marquez as they arrive in Italy.
Lorenzo has won at the Tuscan circuit for the past two years and finished in second for the two years prior to that. In dry conditions, the fast and flowing turns of the circuit suit the characteristics of his M1 Yamaha. Although, weather conditions are currently looking damp throughout the weekend, Lorenzo will not be hoping for a repeat of two weeks ago: “I’m looking forward to visiting Mugello after suffering a very disappointing weekend at Le Mans. It was a tough race for us and I want to recover points at Mugello, a good track for me. I like the circuit a lot because of its layout, plenty of long and high-speed corners. I have a lot of good memories there and I would like to make a positive weekend. I think also for Yamaha it is a good place to get the best performance. The circuit is amazing to ride and also the temperature is quite warm, as well as Jerez. The crowd is also very passionate there. The only weak point for us is the long straight, where maybe our rivals are stronger than us, but in general the track is very suitable for our bike. I can`t wait to go to Italy and find the pace. We need to cut away the gap to the front but anyway, the Championship is long so we have to be calm.”