Valencia MotoGP: Pressure-free Jorge Lorenzo wants home victory

Jorge Lorenzo is determined to return to the top step of the MotoGP podium in the Valencia finale now the title pressure is off him

Valencia MotoGP: Pressure-free Jorge Lorenzo wants home victory

The Spaniard sealed his second premier class championship last time out at Phillip Island, finishing second behind a dominant Casey Stoner.

That continued his record of finishing inside the top two in every race bar Assen, when he was wiped out at the first corner, but he has not win a grand prix since Misano in September.

Lorenzo says he aims to enjoy competing without having to worry about the championship, with victory his primary goal after months of watching the points.

"This is the last round of the season, [and] it's a great feeling to be coming home to my Spanish fans as the world champion," he explained.

"It's been a long, tough year and we have all worked so hard to get here.

"Now this weekend will be one to enjoy for all of us with less pressure.

"I will of course still be pushing for the top step of the podium - it would be amazing to end the year with a victory."

Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli hailed Lorenzo's achievement, but said the team's joy was tempered by the fact Ben Spies will miss what was due to be his final race with Yamaha.

The American, who has agreed a switch onto Ducati machinery for 2013, will miss Valencia due to the injuries that also ruled him out of Phillip Island.

As AUTOSPORT reported last weekend, he will be replaced by test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

"It's with mixed emotions that we come to the last race of the year," Meregalli admitted.

"We are obviously overjoyed to be world champions, a very deserved title after all the hard work Jorge and the team have put in to get there.

"On the other hand it is a great shame we won't have Ben with us for what would have been his final appearance for Yamaha.

"We wish him well with his recovery in the US and we welcome Nakasuga-san back into the team for this round."

shares
comments
Rossi expects to start 2013 as number two rider to Jorge Lorenzo

Previous article

Rossi expects to start 2013 as number two rider to Jorge Lorenzo

Next article

Hiroshi Aoyama in MotoGP return as Yonny Hernandez's stand-in

Hiroshi Aoyama in MotoGP return as Yonny Hernandez's stand-in
Load comments
How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches Plus

How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches

Forming a ladder all the way from Red Bull Rookies Cup to MotoGP, KTM has created a steady stream of top talents in grand prix racing delivering the Austrian marque with the success expected of the brand. Here's how it has gone about it

MotoGP
Jul 28, 2021
Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant Plus

Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant

Danilo Petrucci’s days in MotoGP appear numbered, as KTM looks to completely reshuffle the Tech3 team for 2022. Though the Italian's 2021 season so far hasn’t been standout, the giant Italian covertly became a top runner in MotoGP across the last decade and brought with him a personality that world sport sorely needs more of

MotoGP
Jul 22, 2021
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet Plus

Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet

Joan Mir’s defence of his MotoGP title has had an underwhelming start as Suzuki didn’t progress its championship-winning GSX-RR as much as its rivals did with their bikes over the winter. Speaking to Autosport, Mir lays out why his title defence has been stalled so far and why he’s confident title number two is still within reach

MotoGP
Jul 12, 2021
The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed Plus

The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed

It's been six years since Jorge Lorenzo gave Yamaha its last MotoGP title in 2015. Since his departure at the end of 2016, Yamaha's form has been inconsistent but it has at last found a new talisman to return it to the top spot in the form of a precociously talented Frenchman who currently leads the standings

MotoGP
Jul 6, 2021
Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties Plus

Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties

On Monday Yamaha announced it will part ways with Maverick Vinales at the end of the 2021 season - a move requested by the rider. As the already strained relationship between both parties in MotoGP hit rock bottom in recent weeks, this divorce - as ORIOL PUIGDEMONT writes - is good for both Yamaha and Vinales for a number of reasons

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2021
The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Plus

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012

MotoGP
Jun 24, 2021
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Plus

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

MotoGP
Jun 22, 2021
How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Plus

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021