Jorge Lorenzo ‘more motivated than ever’

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After a bitterly disappointing 2014 MotoGP world championship campaign, it is no surprise to hear Jorge Lorenzo say he is more motivated than ever to kick off this year’s season at the end of March in Qatar.

Lorenzo’s title challenge last year never fully recovered from a nightmare start that saw him score just six-points in the opening two races. He fell out of the lead on the opening lap of the season opener in Qatar and then jumped the start at the Circuit of the Americas.

Lorenzo did bounce back to score more points than any other rider in the second half of 2014, but the 27-year-old is raring to go in his quest to capture a third premier class title.

Yamaha kicked off its 2015 season with an official launch of this year’s YZR-M1 in Madrid today and Lorenzo said: “I love the new bike and I’m waiting to test it as soon as possible.

“With this unveiling starts a new challenge, an amazing challenge. I am much more motivated than ever to start this season. I have prepared well physically and I feel good mentally too.

“This year we have high hopes with the new M1 because in 2014 we found at the end a good base and we could fight for the podium regularly during the second half of the season.

“I am convinced that this year things will change and both Yamaha and I will put all our efforts to try to achieve the goal that is simple: to fight for the title. Last year many things happened but I’ve also learned a lot and I think we can compensate and make a great year. I’m waiting to kick off the coming season in Qatar.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt