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Lorenzo: `I have taken another step towards my ultimate ambition´

Lorenzo: `I have taken another step towards my ultimate ambition´

Lorenzo: `I have taken another step towards my ultimate ambition´

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his eleventh podium of the 2006 season as he took third position at the Grand Prix A-Style of Japan.The result allowed the Spaniard to extend his 250 championship lead by three points, from 24 to 27, as he finished a place ahead of closest rival Andrea Dovizioso.

With just two rounds to go, Lorenzo could be crowned world champion at the next race in Portugal if he finishes ahead of the Italian, or just one place behind him in fourth position or lower.

`I am very happy although it might not seem like it. I have taken another step towards my ultimate ambition, but I realize it is not won yet and that I can't afford to relax´, says Lorenzo.

`This result allows us to travel to Portugal calmly with our advantage still in tact. It was one of the worst races I have ridden this year as I was not happy on the bike at any stage and the tyres went quite quickly. I failed and would like to apologise to the team because my performance did not match that of the bike. I benefited from Takahashi´s fall, but that is part of racing and sometimes these things go against you´.

Tags:
250cc, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Jorge Lorenzo

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