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Romagnoli: "More pressure for Lorenzo in 2009"

Romagnoli: 'More pressure for Lorenzo in 2009'

Lorenzo’s Team Manager reveals hopes for charge’s second season.

The 2008 Rookie of the Year and a proven podium finisher in the MotoGP premier class, Jorge Lorenzo has the weight of expectation upon his young shoulders heading into his sophomore season in the category. The added pressure on the Spaniard is not lost on his Team Manager, Daniele Romagnoli, who acknowledged at the team presentation that the bar had been raised by Lorenzo's stunning debut year.

”Jorge will certainly have more pressure this year. Due to the excellent season he had in 2008, he’ll have to show he’s improved. It’ll be crucial for him to better manage official practices and races,” said Romagnoli, before clarifying the statement.

”Sometimes during official practices he felt under pressure from the beginning, wanting to ride fast from the outset and this led to errors. Anyway, the experience he gained during last season strengthened him and he’ll handle pressure much better this year.”

That Fiat Yamaha have confidence in this happening is evident, although few will say out loud that they expect Lorenzo to be a definite title contender. Even the rider himself has played down his chances, listing the top three finishers from last year as favourites in 2009. Romagnoli would not be drawn into hyperbole, but is clear about what he believes is Lorenzo’s potential.

”This year Jorge could win some races and achieve a number of podium finishes, as he showed last year. It won’t be easy to do so in every race. The championship will be challenging this year. It’s too early now to say he’ll win the title, but he has the ability to challenge for it.

”I’d like to see Jorge and Valentino challenging for the championship. This would mean that Jorge has improved a lot, and at the same time that our bike, the Yamaha, is the most competitive and this would be great. I hope for it. I think there will be no problem within the team. We’ve known each other for a long time, the team work has always been excellent and this rivalry will only boost the desire both teams have to beat the other one. It’ll be positive!”, concludes the Italian.

MotoGP, 2009, Fiat Yamaha Team

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