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Lorenzo looking forward to Pacific tour

Lorenzo looking forward to Pacific tour

Fiat Yamaha´s MotoGP Rookie of the Year candidate Jorge Lorenzo is in fine form ahead of MotoGP´s flyaway tour of Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

Despite Motegi not being one of Jorge Lorenzo´s best circuits in terms of results the young Fiat Yamaha star is looking forward to starting the season´s intense final series of races in Japan this weekend.

The double 250cc World Champion heads into the flyaway tour of Japan, Australia and Malaysia in a highly positive frame of mind following his Misano and Indianapolis rostrum appearances.

Lorenzo is well-aware of the manufacturing and racing heritage which makes the World Championship´s visit to the `Land of the Rising Sun´ such a special occasion, declaring, `Japan is an incredible country, with very different customs to those that we´re used to in Europe. I always look forward to going back there.´

`Yamaha have planned a series of activities for me before the race, including a visit to the factory at Iwata, which I am really looking forward to. It has been a year since I signed my contract with Yamaha, but I still haven´t visited their factory. I am sure it will amaze me.´

The 21 year-old is keen to improve on his Motegi record, meanwhile, having scored just one podium at the circuit during his sensational rise through the smaller Grand Prix classes, a third place in the 250cc race in 2006.

`Motegi is the first circuit on our Pacific tour and I have high hopes for success there,´ stated Lorenzo. `After the two podiums of Misano and Indianapolis, the team and I want to give Yamaha another similar performance because this race is very important for the brand. I trust in the work Michelin are doing with the tyres, although Motegi is one of the few circuits at which I have never won. I did get the first-ever fastest lap of my career there however, in 2003. I am looking forward to it.´

Team manager on Lorenzo´s side of the partitioned Fiat Yamaha garage, Daniele Romagnoli, is setting some demanding targets for his MotoGP rookie charge as the season concludes, though the Majorcan star has risen to the challenge throughout his dramatic debut premier class campaign.

`Not only are we all backing Valentino Rossi to win the riders´ championship but we´re working hard together to win the constructors´ and teams´ titles too,´ said Romagnoli. `We hope Jorge can make a big contribution to that, as he has done all season, and we go to Japan in a very positive frame of mind. From our side of the garage we can´t help but look at the possibility of finishing third in the championship but our real target is to have more good races, some more podiums and maybe even celebrate one more victory before the end of the season.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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