Lorenzo: No extra pressure from Rossi
3 January 2013 – Double MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has insisted that he feels no extra pressure over Valentino Rossi's decision to return to Yamaha in 2013. The Spaniard, who will be reunited with the 33-year-old after a turbulent phase as team-mates between 2008 and 2010, says he 'will not do anything differently' this season.
"I do not change my training according to opponents," Lorenzo told Gazzetta Dello Sport. "I have great respect for all of my rivals, especially for those who have been World Champions. Then we have Valentino who has claimed many titles and won more than 100 races, but I will not do anything differently."
Lorenzo went on to explain that he has always felt pressure to perform, starting with his 125cc debut at just 15 years of age. Since then, the Palma-born rider has notched up four World Championship titles.
"He is charismatic, funny and has many fans, but this does not give me pressure," Lorenzo added of Rossi. "I had it in 2002 when I started the World Championship aged 15. I had to show results in order to remain in this world. Now with four titles won (two in 250cc and two in MotoGP), whatever I do in the future will be a bonus."
During their most recent campaign as team-mates in 2010, Lorenzo claimed his maiden title with nine victories, while Rossi finished third after breaking his leg.