News 5 Jul 2011

Lorenzo claims he and Yamaha are back after magical Mugello win

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo believes he's back to his best with the YZR-M1 after winning Mugello.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo believes he's back to his best with the YZR-M1 after winning Mugello.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo says he’s back to his best following a stunning come from behind win at Mugello on Sunday.

Lorenzo delivered an incredible performance in Italy, taking a hard fought victory at Mugello to claim the Grand Prix of Italy, the second consecutive GP win for Yamaha this season.

The Yamaha Factory Racing rider was quick to get his YZR-M1 off the start line, jumping from fifth on the grid to tuck in behind race leader Casey Stoner on the first corner.

Stoner went on to build an early lead while Lorenzo engaged in a battle with Andrea Dovizioso for second. Having finally dispatched him after four laps the Mallorcan began the hunt for Stoner.

Lorenzo delivered a series of perfect laps to catch and then pass the race leader before extending a lead of just under a second to the line.

“For a long time it has been one of the sweetest victories,” Lorenzo said. “The victory in Jerez was not ‘real’ because it was raining. It’s been a tough race because of the hot conditions without water in the camel back.

“I pushed and tried to be there with all of my heart! I tried to overtake Andrea in the downhill at the chicane and then I did the same with Casey because I thought it was the perfect corner for it. Now we have a competitive bike and I hope to keep this pace.

“Now I am more motivated and confident for the future, after this great result. I think it was one of my most demanding races in my career. It reminded me a bit the 125cc times, with many overtakings.

“I did a good start again and now I just want to watch the race again on TV. Congratulations to all of my team, they never gave up. I knew it would have been difficult today, but the ‘martillo’ is back!”

Lorenzo now heads to Sachsenring for the Grand Prix of Germany in two weeks time having reduced the gap to championship leader Stoner to 19 points with a total of 133.