Lorenzo confident for German Grand Prix, aiming for podium
With two consecutive Grand Prix wins under their belts, Yamaha Factory Racing are preparing for The Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring circuit this weekend in confident mood. A superb victory at the Assen TT for Ben Spies followed by a flawless ride by Jorge Lorenzo to claim the chequered flag at Mugello has left the team and riders eager to get straight to business in Germany.
Sachsenring remains one of the few tracks on the GP calendar where Lorenzo has yet to win, taking second place on the podium in 2009 and again in 2010. Last year’s race had been looking like another victory for the championship leader until a red flag changed the circumstances. The reigning World Champion will be looking to add the circuit to his list of vanquished tracks on Sunday.
The tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit which flows through the wooded hillsides of East Germany will be immediately followed by Laguna Seca in the USA. These will be the last of the back to back races before the MotoGP teams take a well earned summer break ahead of Brno in the Czech Republic on 12th August.
Jorge Lorenzo: “I feel very good after our victory in Mugello; an amazing victory that we needed for our confidence. We’ll take more power from it for future races, especially for the next two in a row. Now it’s time for Germany; Sachsenring is a unique track which I’ve ridden since 2002 and still not won! I would like to do it, it’s an interesting challenge in front my German fans. The team and I are ready to again try to reduce the gap to Casey, our aim is the podium, but we will try to push for the win.”
Wilco Zeelenberg – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“I’m very much looking forward to the next two rounds after a great race in Mugello, coming back from a difficult period to win again. When we are able to deliver a great package like in Italy then Jorge is able to fight for victory. That is our target again in Sachsenring and Laguna. It is very important to make these next two rounds count before the holidays; we are only 19 points behind the lead with still half the season to go so anything can happen.”
Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
“We are going to Germany with some optimism, in the last few races we got good results and we would like to continue this. In the last three years Yamaha proved to have a good bike for the Sachsenring track and we have a good set up for both riders now. I don’t know the circuit myself, it will be my first visit with the team but I am confident that we can perform well after looking at our history there.”
Source: Yamaha Racing