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9 days ago
By motogp.com

Lorenzo set to make 200th MotoGP™ start in Japan

This weekend sees the five-time World Champion hit a premier class milestone at a circuit he’s stood on the rostrum at seven times

Repsol Honda Team’s Jorge Lorenzo is set to make his 200th MotoGP™ start this weekend at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, and it’s a track that has served him well in the past.

Lorenzo currently has 114 premier class podiums to his name, including 47 victories, and three of those MotoGP™ wins have come at the Twin Ring Motegi in 2009, 2013 and 2014. A win may not be on the cards this time around for Lorenzo but the Spaniard is improving every time he gets on the RC213V, so a points challenge definitely isn’t off the table for the number 99 this weekend.

It will be Lorenzo’s first appearance in front of the Japanese fans on board a Honda, and the 32-year-old explains how he and the team have some ideas to try in order to try and get the Repsol Honda rider up to where he belongs – at the sharp end of the grid.

“We head to Japan looking for more after two difficult weekends,” comments Lorenzo. “Myself and the team have some ideas to try for the bike in Motegi which will hopefully allow us to get back to where we need to be. I have some good memories at the track and it will be special to race in front of the Japanese crowd for the first time as a Honda rider.”

Lorenzo missed the 2018 Japanese GP through injury, but he’ll be raring to go on Friday morning as the MotoGP™ riders head out for FP1 at the later time of 10:50 local time (GMT+9).

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