Top trio set for Catalan MotoGP
THUMBS UP: Jorge Lorenzo hopes his win from the Italy GP will inspire his racing at the Catalan race. Image: AFP
Author: KIERAN CANNING
MADRID, Spain - Reigning MotoGP World champion Jorge Lorenzo is hoping to take his winning momentum from the Italian GP to the Catalan race this weekend (June 15-16, 2013).
Lorenzo has won twice at the Montmelo track - 2010 and 2012. He's still 12 points behind Dani Pedrosa in the 2013 championship but brought himself back into contention with a dominant ride in Italy.
'REPEAT THE VICTORY'
Lorenzo said: "I'm quite satisfied after our great result at Mugello that completed an almost perfect weekend. Montmelo is a little bit slower than Mugello but at least there are no first-gear corners - I hope that will help us a lot. This is a good track for us. We have to profit from it and try to repeat the victory. It could be great for the championship."
Pedrosa, however, is hoping his home advantage will spur him on to his third victory of the season. "It is obviously a good feeling to be coming back to this race because it is always an exciting one for me," he said. "It's difficult to say now whether it will be a Honda circuit or a Yamaha circuit but I hope the bike goes well there and that we can have a good race against the Yamahas."
Then there is Pedrosa's young team mate Marc Marquez who is third in the standings even though it’s only his first MotoGP season. After a good start to the season - he was on the podium at each of the first four races, including becoming the youngest rider to win a MotoGP (in the US) - 20-year-old Marquez lost ground to his compatriots at Mugello when he crashed while running second after passing Pedrosa.
He's been cleared to race this weekend and can't wait to get back on the track. Marquez said: "I'm more relaxed after my doctor confirmed there were no complications. This is another track where all the other riders have much more experience than me and they will be tough to beat but we will keep to our programme, work hard, and try our best."