News 7 Oct 2015

Shoulder injury no problem for Lorenzo entering Motegi

Spaniard downplaying recent shoulder injury while training.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has downplayed his recent shoulder injury sustained while training for the Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi, saying it will cause no problems this weekend.

Coming off a brilliant victory at Aragon, Lorenzo enters Motegi 14 points behind a resurgent Rossi in the race for the championship with just four rounds remaining.

“I had a small incident while I was training, but I’m well,” Lorenzo explained. “I just have a bit of pain in my left shoulder, but I will race without any problems in Motegi. I have still great feelings from Aragon – it was a nice victory in front of our home crowd.

“The weekend was perfect and we could make up some good points compared to Valentino. The championship is amazing in this last part of the season, but from now on we need to stay more focused if we want to keep the momentum and try to win the title.

“I have good memories [in Japan], especially from the last two years. Motegi is a typical stop and go circuit, but for some reason I could do great races in the past even if it may be better suited for our rivals. This year we go there eager to do another great battle so hopefully we could do another nice race and try to make the championship tighter.”

Over the last six years, the Spaniard has climbed onto the top of the Motegi podium three times, winning the Japanese GP in 2009, 2013 and 2014, as well as finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012.