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By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Lorenzo returns to his land

The reigning champion sets his sights on signature venue Silverstone

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is the most successful MotoGP™ rider at Silverstone Circuit, and will be looking to the track to help him claw back the points deficit he now faces at the top of the table. The title defender took his first win at the track in 2010 as MotoGP™ returned to the circuit, and was over six seconds clear as he crossed the line in his record-breaking first championship-winning year. 2012 saw another Lorenzo victory, this time by 3 seconds -  before 2013 saw Lorenzo and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) stage an incredible modern classic.

Before his collarbone break in Assen in 2013, Lorenzo looked on top form as he sought to defend his second crown. Then came the Dutch GP and a wet practice crash, then the incredible display of determination that followed as the Mallorcan raced with the recently operated-on injury. Later in the season, as then-new kid on the block Marquez gained traction, Lorenzo was fighting back to full fitness as the paddock headed for the UK, and the ensuing duel didn't disappoint. After all-out war for pole position that saw the duo dip closer and closer to the possibility of a first 1:59 lap of Silverstone, won by Marquez, the race that followed was a modern classic - the two title favorites, down to the last corner. It was a victory for Lorenzo that lit the touch paper on the rest of the year as the two Spaniards fought for the crown - and will be fresh in the Yamaha rider's mind as he seeks another comeback, this time for different reasons.

Jorge Lorenzo: "After the two back-to-back races in Austria and Brno the situation is not as we desired beforehand but we can‘t change that. From now on we need to think race by race and just try to get the best results day by day. Silverstone is the next stop so we have to push at the maximum there and enjoy riding with the bike again. That track is one of my favourite circuits in the world but unfortunately the weather is always very unpredictable. Let‘s see if we can deliver a great race again there!"