Double MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo provides a revealing insight into his racing philosophy and his performances so far in 2014, in the latest episode of After the Flag - which can be watched for free upon registration here on motogp.com.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider finished last season in incredible form with nine successive podiums and three wins in the last three rounds, taking the title fight with eventual winner Marc Marquez down to the final lap in Valencia.
However, after surgery in the winter which proved difficult to recover quickly from in terms of his overall fitness and some technical changes to his race package, the 2010 and 2012 premier class title winner has not visited the top step of the podium so far this season.
Speaking to motogp.com for the After the Flag show, Lorenzo explains, "My real performance this year has not arrived yet. Maybe in Mugello I was able to fight, in Argentina I finished third and in Montmelo I was ok, not at the end of the race but all the weekend I was ok."
"But there is something that is still not really right for my bike, for my riding style. For my feeling on the bike. The one litre less of fuel this year makes the Yamaha engine a bit more aggressive at the first touch on acceleration. This together with the new tyres, which are harder this year, along with my not good physical condition at the beginning of the season, makes it three conditions against my performance. It was really difficult to be competitive."
Fortunately Lorenzo is now feeling stronger as the half way stage of the season approaches. "Now I feel good physically," he asserts, "After Montmelo we tried something on the electronics which makes the bike more like last year and now I understand the tyres more. So these three conditions are now nearly solved."
Asked about his emotions when riding and his overall vision of Grand Prix racing, the man from Majorca replies, "When you overtake you enjoy it a lot. When they pass you, you enjoy it not so much! It is the essence of the sport. No-one likes a race where the winner just gets away right from the start. If you are the one winning everything is perfect for you, but not if you are the spectator."
"For myself too when I am a spectator and I watch sport I want to see competition. Obviously the competition between me and Marc last year was really, really beautiful, in some races. This year the percentage of ‘fighting’ races has been even higher. I think now more than ever it is one of the most spectacular sports in the world."