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Multiple objectives for Lorenzo

Multiple objectives for Lorenzo

Multiple objectives for Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo is certainly not short on motivation this weekend as he looks for success on several fronts at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend. After taking third place at Donington Park and victory at Brno in the last two rounds, the Spanish youngster is looking to make it a hat-trick of podiums and take consecutive victories for the first time in his career.

First place for Lorenzo in Sunday's 125cc race would also break a run of 33 races since the last time any rider took successive wins in the class, when Arnaud Vincent topped the podium at Donington Park and Sachsenring on his way to the title in 2002.

Victory for the Derbi factory would also boost their total of Grand Prix wins to an impressive 85, moving them level sixth with Kawasaki in the all time winners' list by factories. But for Lorenzo, his main focus is a personal challenge set by previous misfortune.

"I'm feeling fit and ready to go for the win again in Portugal but at the same time I'm being a little cautious," he explained. "I want to end a bad run because whenever I have won in the past, I have crashed out of the following race. It happened last year at Motegi after winning in Brazil and this year in Brazil after winning at Assen.

"I think our main rival at Estoril will be the wind, which will make it very difficult to set the bike up, but I am confident we will be competitive."

*Ranking of Grand Prix victories by factory:

1. Honda 579
2. Yamaha 407
3. MV-Augusta 274
4. Aprilia 173
5. Suzuki 154
6. Kawasaki 85
Derbi 84

Tags:
125cc, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Jorge Lorenzo

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