Lorenzo insists title not on his mind

MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo says he is still trying to push to the maximum rather than riding with the title in mind, even though he is now 47 points clear of his rivals after one third of the 2010 campaign

Lorenzo insists title not on his mind

Lorenzo's record of four wins and two second places from the six rounds so far this season has made him a clear championship favourite, especially with his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi out injured.

But Lorenzo said he was trying to continue riding as normal without considering the championship, and that it was entirely possible he would notch up a few zero scores between now and the end of the season.

"I accept that possibility of crashing, this could happen," he said. "When you are a rider and you compete in the world championship, you must accept that.

"But every year I know the bike more, I know more about the category and I crash less. So I always want to do the maximum.

"At this moment, I don't think so much about the championship, to be honest."

He acknowledged that he was currently in excellent form and revelling in the Yamaha M1's performance.

"I don't know if the sofa in my lounge is more comfortable, or the bike... I'll have to think about it," the Spaniard joked.

"But it's certainly not easy, what I'm doing. I am pushing. My riding style is smooth, it's something that I've always tried and now I'm perfecting it."

Yamaha's only obvious weakness is that its engine is believed to be down on power compared to Honda and Ducati. The Catalunya track, venue for round seven this weekend, features one of the longest straights in the championship, but Lorenzo does not think his team will be at any kind of disadvantage given the bike's speed around the twister sections.

"Of course we know that Yamaha's engine is not so powerful. But we do have other skills," he said. "So at this track with that long straight, for sure to overtake at that point will be difficult, but we will have a lot of corners to try on."

shares
comments
Frustrated Hayden wants 'final step'

Previous article

Frustrated Hayden wants 'final step'

Next article

Q & A with Jorge Lorenzo

Q & A with Jorge Lorenzo
Load comments
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021