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Lorenzo aims to break into MotoGP top three

Lorenzo aims to break into MotoGP top three

Spaniard talks about aspirations and rivals for 2009.

Some friendly race action was the order of the day for Jorge Lorenzo on Thursday, as the Spaniard pitted his skills on the karting track against some of the people helping to prepare him for the 2009 MotoGP season. The Fiat Yamaha rider has changed his training schedule for his sophomore season in the premier class, and karting at the Barcelona track has joined football in a varied and fun list of workouts.

Lorenzo is certainly in better physical shape for the upcoming campaign than he was for his rookie season, recovering from a spate of injuries and with a year of callouses and endurance muscle building behind him. The return to full fitness provides him with an optimistic outlook on what he expects of the next few months.

“If I can stay injury-free and don’t have bad luck, and if the bike goes well, then I can aspire to win races this season –more than just the one. We have to have the mentality of always trying to improve upon the results of the previous season, and it would be ideal to finish higher than fourth in the standings,” said Lorenzo after racing against members of his team on the karting course. As he has done on previous occasions, he also weighed in with some humble analysis of the title favourites.

“The press have Rossi, Stoner and Pedrosa as the favourites, and I think that they should be looking at the title. They have ridden in more campaigns than I have and finished ahead of me last year, so they have the most possibility of taking the crown.

“Stoner might have an advantage with the new reduced practice time, because he is always fast straight away whilst the rest of us need a little bit of time,” continued Lorenzo when asked about the decision to cut Friday morning practice sessions from the MotoGP schedule.

“I don’t think that he is injured in a way that is apparent when he is riding. Pedrosa’s condition will be more unpredictable, and we will see what happens in Qatar.

“Beating Stoner in Qatar will definitely be difficult, but last year I was in worse shape physically and was close to beating him, so we’ll be optimistic.”

Lorenzo will be one of 17 riders taking part in the MotoGP Official Test next weekend at Jerez, with a BMW sports car up for grabs for the fastest ‘qualifier’ on the Sunday.

MotoGP, 2009, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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