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Lorenzo optimistic for 'special' Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Losail 2011MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo believes he can take the fight to the dominant Hondas as the series moves to Jerez this weekend.

The Yamaha rider finished a strong second in the last round at Qatar, beating Honda's Dani Pedrosa into third place, despite voicing his pessimism after struggling in pre-season testing.

In 2010 Lorenzo fought back from a poor start at Jerez to snatch the lead on the final lap.

"I am ready to come back to Jerez," he said. "We started the championship so well in Qatar and I believe it is a great moment to ride for my people here in Spain.

"Last year the situation was quite similar and perhaps I got the best victory of my career, closing a big gap in the last few laps. We can't make predictions for Sunday, but my crew and I will work as much as possible to be in front.

"Jerez is a special place for me, maybe the best track in the world. When I was only 15, the day right after my birthday, I raced for the first time in front of 100,000 people here."

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