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Confident Lorenzo buzzing ahead of round two

Confident Lorenzo buzzing ahead of round two

The stunning MotoGP debut of double 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo in Qatar means the 20 year-old rider is brimming with more confidence than ever before his first 800cc race on home soil at this weekends Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

The stunning MotoGP debut of double 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo in Qatar means the 20 year-old rider is brimming with more confidence than ever before his first 800cc race on home soil at this weekends Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

The youngest rider on the 2008 MotoGP grid performed brilliantly to take pole at Losail, before crossing the finishing line in second place trailing only current MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner at the desert track, so his ranks of Spanish fans will travel to Andalusia for round two hoping Lorenzo will be in the podium positions once again.

It will be important for the Fiat Yamaha newcomer to keep his feet on the ground at Jerez with so many talented riders around him, but previous results at the southern Spanish circuit will only add to expectations of more glory.

Lorenzo made history as the youngest rider ever to qualify for a Grand Prix on his 15th birthday in the 125cc class back in 2002 at Jerez and his successive 250cc victories from pole over the past two seasons there have added to his profile as a national hero.

`Qatar was unbelievable and something I will remember forever,´ says Lorenzo. `I´ve felt great since and now I´m really excited about the next one; I never expected to be going into only my second MotoGP race in such a great position in the classification. However I know it will be hard work for me again in Jerez and it´s still just my second race on the M1.´

Demonstrating the maturity which has stood him good stead so far in his sensational World Championship career, Lorenzo continues: `I will have to work and focus very hard in practice if I want to be able to repeat the Qatar experience. In November at the test I had some difficulties, but in February I did one of my best laps of the whole winter, despite the bad weather, and I hope I can be even faster this time.´

On the special place the venue for this weekends action holds in his heart, the Majorcan talent adds: `Jerez for me last year was a fantastic race, I took pole position and the victory and I also won in 2006, so I have some great memories of racing there. It is undoubtedly a special track for me; it´s my home, I know it very well and it´s the track where I rode in my very first GP in 2002. It´s also the first place I ever planted my ´Lorenzo´s Land´ flag.´

Concluding with a final point on his personal approach to the second race of the year, Lorenzo states: `I feel quite different going to race in Spain now compared to last year when I was in 250. Now I am at the top and I feel very much in the spotlight. Qatar changed everything for me and now I hope that I can continue in the same way in front of my home fans.´

In addition, Lorenzos team manager Daniele Romagnoli comments: We go to Jerez feeling excited after the result in the first race and also after a great test there during pre-season. We have high hopes but it is very important that we keep our feet on the ground. It is not an easy thing to do but we are building for the future of Yamaha and we must all keep our concentration on this job.´

`The Michelin tyres worked really well in Qatar and I think theyll be not so bad here too. We have a lot of data gathered from the tests just one month ago so hopefully that will help us find a setting quickly and give Jorge time to get comfortable and find a good rhythm for the race.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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