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Triple MotoGP™ World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, discussed his rivals while looking ahead to the 2016 season.
More than a month after the end of the MotoGP™ World Championship season, Jorge Lorenzo begins to wind down with the final of his 2015 promotional appearances. The most recent took place in Madrid on Wednesday morning, Lorenzo there to promote a new expansion for a popular video game.
Lorenzo avoided talking about the controversial end to the 2015 season, especially when asked his opinion about Rossi’s CAS appeal withdrawal: “Sorry, I will not continue to feed the controversy on the season. I’m just looking forward and happy to talk about 2016.” Still, he leaves the door open on relations with his teammate returning to normal in the coming weeks: “I have not had time to talk to him, I imagine in the future we will have time and opportunities to do so.”
The Majorcan then turned his attention to his rivals for the 2016 season, starting with compatriot and double MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez: “When Marc joined the category in 2013 it meant a real boost for the rest of the field, not only with how fast he was, but for a truly ambitious attitude that led him to trying to win every race. He never settles for second place, even on circuits that he does not like. Before his arrival, Stoner, Pedrosa or myself were trying to win races we knew we were stronger in and the others may settle for second or third. The arrival of Marquez forced us to do the same as him, fight for victory every time. In that sense he managed to change the mind-set of all.”
On his excellent 2015 season with the Movistar Yamaha team, after two years of being unable to best Marquez for the title, Lorenzo confessed: “The 2014 season was very difficult, especially early in the year because I was not in a good physical condition, and to again believe that you could win the title was not easy. But faith, determination and discipline are some of my strengths and that’s what I’ve supported myself with for a year and a half.”
“In the upcoming season many things change,” he added. “The new electronics are less sophisticated than last year. You still have to know and be able to adjust them, that will be critical. The tyre will be a very different look to this year and will influence the performance of the riders. In the end, I think the fastest with the most talent and experience will remain towards the top in 2016. It may be that more riders get into the fight, Suzuki came strong at the end and could be closer.”
Finally, Lorenzo also had some words on the recent news of Casey Stoner returning to Ducati as a test rider and perhaps taking to the track once more, “Surely he will be encouraged to run as a wildcard in some races; I think that is their intention. I thought last year he would be out in a race, but at the end, due to circumstances, he wasn’t. He will want to go out on Phillip Island or some other tracks, surely we will see him fighting with us, I think for victory. I have seen very few, if any, riders with the natural talent of Casey, to be fast right away with any bike and in all weather conditions. It would be great news for everyone if Casey were to decide to come compete again. MotoGP is very difficult, many riders are fighting for victory, but having Casey back would be amazing. Hopefully he decides to return,” he concluded.
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