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Lorenzo discusses his title chances

Lorenzo discusses his title chances

The Movistar Yamaha rider speaks about the championship and his rivals before leaving for the Motul TT Assen.

After achieving four consecutive victories for the first time in his career in the MotoGP™ World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo is now ready to head to Assen.

Before heading to round eight, he attended a press event on Tuesday where he gave some interesting statements to the press. On his teammate and championship leader, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), Lorenzo was realistic, "Valentino is very strong, wants the tenth title and he will make you work. Despite starting on the wrong foot this season, we can’t dismiss Marquez either."

On Rossi he added, "He is very experienced and is very smart. He’s a Sunday man and always able to manage the race, knowing what to do always. He’s explosive in the race but is very smart and with a long championship of 18 races there are no riders more consistent.”

Asked about the apparent lack of competitiveness of the Honda, Lorenzo reflected: "In Qatar Marquez took pole and was the favourite to win the race but he made a mistake at the first corner and had to fight back through the field. In Austin he won. In Argentina he was leading until the last lap. In Jerez he was second. Le Mans itself was a difficult race for them and in Mugello, coming from far back, he was soon in second. And in Montmeló he was second, before getting close to my wheel and falling. It is clear that a bad bike will not let you do these things. It's true that when you start on the wrong foot in the championship and have two or three races where you don’t manage the situation and you have a disadvantage in points, you have more pressure...it is the same thing happened to me in 2014.”

The Yamaha rider believes that the key to their current progression is the technical improvements of the M1: "When you compete in a sport as complicated and with so many factors as motorcycling with the motorcycle, electronics, tyres, chassis all have influence... If any of these elements fail or are bad compared to rival brands, this kind of situation can emerge. Last year our handicap was the entrance to the turn. Everything we gained in cornering, acceleration, we lost during braking and without that weakness surely we would have had quite a few more victories. We have worked to solve that, we’re at 70 percent because we still don’t have a bike that you can brake really late with. Keeping the base from 2014, Yamaha has won six of the seven races this year. It is also true that Marquez has had difficulties in some races he could have won and we would no longer have six wins but only a few less."

Assen is a favourable circuit, "A good track for Yamaha and the truth, I prefer if it does not rain." He added: "I know that the championship so far is the result of the good job we are doing. If in Assen we continue with our work we have a chance, but Valentino is very strong and we should not rule Marc out."

Last week, after the Catalunya GP, Rossi and Lorenzo had the opportunity to test in Aragon with a new chassis for the M1. Lorenzo said that "The test was not bad, in some ways the chassis was better than the previous one but we will confirm at Assen and see what the advantages are, even if they are just small."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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