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Podium the aim for Lorenzo

Podium the aim for Lorenzo

The Spaniard still has some work to do on his bike but is going for a top-three finish in Sunday’s race in Qatar, after qualifying on the front row of the grid.

Jorge Lorenzo may have arrived at the Losail International Circuit carrying the remnants of a hand injury, but the main focus for the Spanish rider is to correct the set-up of his machine ahead of Sunday’s race.

The 23 year-old will start the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar from third on the grid following a strong display in qualifying practice, which left him only behind Casey Stoner and team-mate Valentino Rossi in the starting order.

The rear end of his factory M1 prototype is the issue for the Fiat Yamaha rider, and Lorenzo wants to correct the problem in the warm-up session before Sunday’s race to give himself the best possible chance of achieving his aim of finishing on the podium.

"Considering my situation I am really happy about my grid position and I think we can be proud of our work,” said Lorenzo, who was only 0.158s off team-mate Rossi in qualifying. “Unfortunately today though we have lost some feeling on the rear and it was difficult to go as fast as yesterday.”

He continued: “My hand isn't perfect and I still have some pain in braking but I am less worried about that than about the bike. We will use the warm-up to try to make some improvements and then I will just do my best in the race and try for the podium."

MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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