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Lorenzo aims to seize second chance to retain crown

Lorenzo aims to seize second chance to retain crown

Jorge Lorenzo is putting any thoughts about his nightmare 11th place finish in Motegi firmly behind him, having missed out on the chance to retain the 250cc title in Japan.

Jorge Lorenzo is putting any thoughts about his nightmare 11th place finish in Motegi firmly behind him, having missed out on the chance to retain the 250cc title in Japan.

In that rain affected contest the Spanish Fortuna Aprilia rider was not on top form and finishing outside the top ten left his lead at the head of the general standings at 36 points ahead of second placed Andrea Dovizioso and 54 points in front of Alex de Angelis in third – with 75 left to play for.

If Lorenzo misses out on a podium finish at this weekend's GMC Australian Grand Prix he will have to wait another week for the chance to finish the job in Malaysia but the Spaniard is hopeful of doing the business at Phillip Island, despite his Japanese setback.

He commented: "I've got a second chance to close the Championship off and I hope it doesn't turn out to be a nightmare like the previous one. In Australia, on a track like Phillip Island which I like very much, I hope we can see the true Jorge Lorenzo. In the last few days I've been working hard at the gym, I feel strong and confident and I think I can fight for a victory or a place on the podium."

The Majorcan can confirm the defence of his quarter litre class crown, before he heads into MotoGP next season with Yamaha, if he wins and Dovizioso is no higher than fifth in Australia.

Meanwhile if Lorenzo is second and Dovizioso is tenth or below and De Angelis does not win, the World Champion retains his title. Likewise if he is third and ‘Dovi' is 14th or worse, with De Angelis not taking the victory, Lorenzo is champion again.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo

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