Lorenzo vows to fight until the end
9 October 2013 – Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has promised to keep fighting ahead of the MotoGP event in Malaysia this weekend, even if he does concede it will be difficult to overhaul current championship leader, Marc Márquez and retain his crown.
Lorenzo trails Márquez by 39-points heading to the Sepang International Circuit and as yet he has still to take his first premier class win at the track - his best results so far a second place finish in 2012 and a third in 2010.
“Now we start the big trip with three races in a row and face the last part of the championship, the crucial part,” he said.
“After Aragon where we fought so hard we now visit a special circuit. Sepang is a track everybody knows really well.
“I guess all the riders will be strong there because we made a couple of pre-season tests. Sepang is a long and technical circuit with two great straights but also some nice corners. The worst thing is it’s always stormy and you never know when it is going to rain. I have some good memories there but we need to keep focus now on the race and try to recover a little bit to Márquez.
“The championship is difficult but we want to fight until the end. Let’s see what happens!”
Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg meanwhile is also feeling bullish: “We go now to Malaysia to start the last four races of the season and we are much stronger than at the beginning of the year," he added.
"I am quite positive for Sepang because Jorge likes the track and also Phillip Island and Motegi that follow afterwards are I think quite good for us. He is feeling good and strong.
"Aragon P2 was of course not so bad but we wanted to win. For sure for the next rounds we would like to get some victories to finish the 2013 season in the best way. We will see what happens!”