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Lorenzo´s 100th Grand Prix puts one over on old rival

Lorenzo´s 100th Grand Prix puts one over on old rival

Jorge Lorenzo will complete a century of Grand Prix appearances this weekend, becoming the youngest man to reach the milestone and taking the record from old rival Hector Barbera.

Jorge Lorenzo will this weekend join the list of riders to have competed in 100 Grands Prix, setting an almost unbeatable record unlikely to ever be broken. He will become the youngest member of the MotoGP `100 club´ after the briefest of tenures by old rival Hector Barbera.

250cc rider Barbera will hold the record for just one hour and forty-five minutes, before Lorenzo´s participation in the MotoGP race at Mugello. The latter is confirmed to ride after several weeks injured, and will be in somewhat better condition than at Shanghai and Le Mans.

`I have to be really grateful for the fact that I have recovered so quickly from my injuries and to have had such great professionals making sure that was the case. Obviously we´re still not going to be at 100% for Mugello but with every race that passes I´m able to put more weight on the footrests,´ explains Lorenzo, who suffered damage to both ankles in a huge highside in China.

Improved fitness also means that Lorenzo should be able to participate in every practice session, something that he was not permitted to do on his Grand Prix debut. On that particular occasion –the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix- he only reached the required minimum age limit on the Saturday afternoon. Whilst a hindrance at the time, it is a prime contributing factor to the unlikelihood of his being succeeded as the youngest men to take the World Championship century.

`This is a special race for me (…) my hundredth appearance in the World Championship. It has all gone really fast and if I ever make it to 200 then I hope it goes just as fast – that would mean I'm having just as much fun as I have up to now and hopefully I'll have helped the fans enjoy it too!´ says the Spaniard on the historic occasion.

`I'm going to Italy with high hopes because it is one of my favourite circuits, with lots of fast and flowing corners. We have some favourable tracks coming up but we can´t rely too much on that because in sport, and especially in motorcycle racing, you never know what can happen.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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