Yamaha Factory Racing prepares for Lorenzo-Rossi reuniting

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

MotoGP™ World Champions Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will share a race garage this weekend for the first time since the end of 2010. Reunited at Yamaha Factory Racing, both riders are targeting regular race wins this year.

Lorenzo heads into 2013 as reigning world champion, now looking to claim what would be his third overall and second consecutive title in the top tier of the sport.

"I am very excited to return to Qatar and begin the season," Lorenzo says on Wednesday. "The testing has been good, we have good pace and we are quite happy with our performance. We still have some areas to improve but our situation is not so bad compared to our competitors and I think we can fight for the win.

"I want to keep the crown but it’s going to be hard. There are some great riders this year; I was surprised by (Marc) Márquez’s pace and also with Valentino on his return to Yamaha. Dani (Pedrosa) is also so strong after the last part of the 2012 season. We will fight really hard from the first race."

Rossi was injured in 2010 before suffering two years of struggles with Ducati; he now strives to return to the top of the championship for the first time since 2009.

"I’m very happy with the (testing) work done in Jerez and over the winter," the Italian begins. "I was fast, everything worked fine and we have a competitive bike to fight for the podium. I believe that in Qatar it will not be so easy; it is a track that is a little difficult for me, but I think I can defend myself and get a good result.

"I would like to get on the podium: that's my goal. After the testing I know I can be competitive in some tracks but also that I will have some problems at other tracks. The most important thing is that now I have a good feeling when I ride my M1 and this will help me at all tracks, including Qatar. Every year you get a little bit nervous at the beginning of the season. It’s normal to feel like that; it’s crucial to get some good points and not to make mistakes. I can’t wait to start this 2013 season."

Although he would be happy with a rostrum result this weekend, Rossi has already won the Qatar Grand Prix on three occasions: 2005, 2006 and 2010. Remarkably, Lorenzo has finished on the podium in all nine of his Losail starts across the three classes of the World Championship.

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