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Shades of 2006 for Lorenzo at Valencia

Shades of 2006 for Lorenzo at Valencia

Jorge Lorenzo once again has to hold off Andrea Dovizioso in the Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana to confirm a championship place.

Valencia: October 29th, 2006. Jorge Lorenzo arrives at the final race of the 250cc World Championship season with the title on the line. The Spaniard faces stiff competition in the form of a resurgent Andrea Dovizioso, his perennial rival in the quarter-litre class. Fourth place and an `insurance policy´ in the form of Aprilia teammate/wildcard Alex Debon & his keeping Dovizioso occupied ensures a first 250cc crown for Lorenzo.

Fast forward to 2008, and Lorenzo is once again looking to confirm a championship position under threat from Dovizioso. Doing battle on this occasion in the MotoGP class, at stake is fourth place- and the prestigious Rookie of the Year award.

Twenty-one points separate the two newcomers with advantage to Lorenzo, although of the duo it is Dovizioso who had most success at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Whilst Lorenzo crashed out, the Italian took a first podium of his premier class career. As the Fiat Yamaha rider explains, the Valencia round holds great importance for all involved.

`Of course it is a little sad that I am no longer fighting for third in the championship, but I can still be Rookie of the Year and this is what I am aiming for. It is really important for me and for all my team,´ he says ahead of Sunday´s race.

`I don't have the best record at Valencia; I´ve never won the race there, although I was second in 2005, but I do have great memories from winning the 250cc world championship there in 2006. It will be our last race with Michelin, who I won my first premier class race with, and more than anything I want to get a good result for them, for my tyre technician Pierre, for Jean-Phillipe Weber and of course for my team.´

Lorenzo has only competed at one home race with an 800cc bike (at Jerez, where he finished third). He missed the round held in Barcelona due to injury.


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