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Poleman Lorenzo predicts `fun´ at Motegi

Poleman Lorenzo predicts `fun´ at Motegi

Jorge Lorenzo is expecting an exciting race at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, and is not ruling out a victory from pole position.

Back on pole position after eleven races away, Jorge Lorenzo believes that MotoGP fans will be treated to a closely-fought battle at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan. The Fiat Yamaha rider took some of the spotlight from his teammate Valentino Rossi on the eve of what could be the Italian´s sixth MotoGP title victory, but will be giving no quarter as he aims for his first Japanese triumph.

`It´s a good feeling to be back on pole again, especially doing so in front of the Yamaha fans here,´ said the 21 year-old after his clocking his record-breaking pole position time at Twin Ring Motegi. `On Sunday we will have fun, because there are a lot of riders who can take the victory.´

The rubber used by the racewinner in Japan also remains wide open, with Michelin having shown themselves to be strong competitors at Bridgestone´s home track. Two riders from the French fabricant –Lorenzo and Repsol Honda man Nicky Hayden- will line up on the front row on Sunday, but for Lorenzo the rear grip with which he struggled so much on Friday afternoon could hamper his attempts at the top step of the podium.

`The qualifying tyres look very good, and the race tyre does not seem so bad, but we are getting a lot of spinning and sliding from the back. If I ride well then I have the chance to win.´

The Motegi circuit is not a favourite of Lorenzo´s, with the Spaniard having never won there and only stepping onto the podium on one occasion in the lower cylinder categories. However, he had a similar record at Estoril, the scene of his maiden MotoGP victory back in April.

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

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