The Yamaha Factory Racing team heads to north east Spain for the GP de Catalunya at the Montmelo circuit, located outside Barcelona, for the 6th round of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.
|Lorenzo looking for consecutive wins in Catalonia
The last round at Mugello saw a very dominant display from reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, who stormed to victory by a substantial margin come the end of the race. He now lies second in the championship, behind compatriot Dani Pedrosa by just twelve points.
At his ‘true’ home race, Lorenzo will be looking to repeat the performance he put on in Mugello and secure his second consecutive victory, along with continuing his current streak of four consecutive premier class podiums at the Montmelò circuit, this weekend. “I’m quite satisfied after our great result at Mugello that completed an almost perfect weekend. Winning again was very positive for me and for the team and now we go to Montmeló, my home grand prix. Some parts of the track are quite suitable for us but the doubt is always if the track conditions and the temperature can benefit us.
I am very optimistic for the race and we will keep on working on the bike in the same way that we did in Italy. Compared to Mugello, Montmeló is a little bit slower but at least there are no first gear corners and hopefully that will help us a lot. This is a good track for us and we have to profit from it and try to repeat the victory. It could be great for the Championship. As far as I’m concerned I will push 100% to achieve it.”
Nine-time world champion, Valentino Rossi is looking for his second podium finish of the season at the Montmelò circuit, after a frankly disastrous weekend in Mugello two weeks ago, which saw the Italian fall at turn three on the first lap following a hefty collision with Alvaro Bautista.
Rossi has a lot of previous success at the GP de Catalunya with more victories at the circuit than any other GP rider, the last of which was in 2009 after that all-too-famous race long scrap with Lorenzo. Will we see a repeat of that this year? Possibly, but Rossi so far has set his sights on achieving a second podium on his return to Yamaha. “For a few days after I had the crash at Mugello, I hurt everywhere! Fortunately I was able to start training immediately and I did not waste any time. The Barcelona race will be very important, especially after recent results. I want to get on the podium in Spain and I will do my best as usual. It will be important to start the weekend in the best way and make a good qualifying. It will be very important to start from the front.”