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MotoGP Australia: Championship second is OK for Lorenzo

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo reckons that taking second place in this year’s MotoGP World Championship is still an unbeliveable achievement and if he can pass Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa it will extend his five-year run of finishing in the top two.

The Spaniard, who is just three points behind his team-mate and the little Spaniard, has taken victory in the last two races and goes into this weekend’s Phillip Island race full of confidence.

Lorenzo was fastest in pre-season testing at the Australian track and says that now lots of pieces of a puzzle have finally fallen into place, his form is good enough for the last three clashes.


“Every year is different, the performance of the bikes and the riders can change. Last year I was competitive here and in the pre-season I was really in a good form but tomorrow I might not be so we need to wait and see how it goes,” said Lorenzo, speaking at Phillip Island.

“Theoretically, Phillip Island is better for our bike, Malaysia a little bit worse and Valencia so-so but as the past demonstrate you have to have a winning mentality as we demonstrate in Motegi which normally suits better for Honda, is a Honda track. We can win there, we can try to win in Malaysia and Valencia.

“Before this good form happened, we just needed to put all the pieces in the puzzle but now all the pieces are together, we are strong and consistent. We know it’s not going to be easy winning more races as there are four riders in good shape.

“I always say that finshing second in MotoGP, the best championship, is an unbelieveable position. Obviously, we are here to try and win especially when you are already champion from another years, but in case you cannot win, second is the best position and if we can, it will be six years in a row we are first or second.”

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