Lorenzo targets home glory at Barcelona

Jorge Lorenzo says he is aiming for an error-free Catalan Grand Prix this weekend to make up for the disappointment of crashing out of his first home race at Jerez earlier this year

Lorenzo targets home glory at Barcelona

The Yamaha rider, second in the championship behind Casey Stoner, failed to score at the Spanish Grand Prix after a mistake while fighting against his Ducati rival.

The Jerez race is the only one where Lorenzo has not scored this year, and he is aiming to make amends at Barcelona this weekend.

"I've had a great season so far but it hasn't all been perfect and I made a big mistake in Jerez when I tried to pass Stoner, so hopefully I can do better for my home fans this time," said Lorenzo, who has won two races so far this season.

"After Mugello and Le Mans we know that anything can happen and you just have to keep calm and focused.

"Now we're going to my home, the closest place to my Island of Mallorca and one of my favourite tracks. I've always been fast there, right back to when I went there for the first time when I was in 125s and got my first second row start.

"My main aim this time is to have a better weekend than last year and to completely forget what happened. I improved on last year in Mugello so hopefully I can do the same again in Barcelona."

Team-mate Valentino Rossi is also looking for victory in Barcelona following a disappointing home race at Mugello, where the Italian saw his record-breaking winning streak come to an end.

"Mugello was disappointing but still we took some good points and now, entering one of the most important phases of the championship, this is very important," said Rossi.

"We still haven't found the perfect answer to make my M1 exactly how I want but Barcelona is a good track for us so hopefully we can make the final step there, also since we will finally have a chance to test on Monday.

"Barcelona is, along with Mugello and Phillip Island, one of my favourite tracks and I always love racing there. I have taken one Spanish win so far this season so I am hoping for another this weekend.

"We need to keep focused and use what we learnt in Mugello to put us in the right shape. Finally I am hoping for good weather because I don't think these flag-to-flag races in the wet and the dry suit me very well!"

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