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Lorenzo Looking To Make It Two In A Row At The Island

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After Jorge Lorenzo‰Ûªs victory in Motegi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP immediately moves on to the next stage on the MotoGP calendar, the Australian Grand Prix at the beautiful Phillip Island circuit.

After a strong victory at Motegi, Lorenzo is prepared to take on his competition. Phillip Island is the Spaniard‰Ûªs favourite circuit. He scored two second places in the premier class in 2010 and 2012 before claiming victory last year under bizarre circumstances.

Following safety concerns the race was reduced to 19 laps and included a mandatory bike change at the ten-lap mark. This year none of such measurements are expected to be necessary and Lorenzo is ready to have some fun while fighting for second place in the championship.

‰ÛÏIt was a great feeling to win in Motegi once again." Lorenzo commented. "Winning two races in a row after a very disappointing start of the season was unbelievable, not only for me but also for all the guys from Yamaha who worked really hard.

"Now I look forward to racing in Phillip Island, another amazing place to ride. Australia is always special and the layout is always perfect for having fun. To me the joy of riding there with the M1 is difficult to explain but I love the long and fast corners, especially the last one before going towards the straight to the finish.

"Hopefully we can have another great weekend and fight for the victory once again, which is so important regarding the second place in the championship.‰Û
Valentino Rossi will be aiming to hold on to his slender points lead over Pedrosa and Lorenzo for second position in the 2014 championship - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Valentino Rossi looks forward to defending his second place in the championship from his teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Honda rival Dani Pedrosa. The Doctor‰Ûªs experience will certainly come in handy during this weekend‰Ûªs battle.

Rossi is one of the most successful riders at the Phillip Island circuit. Starting in 2001 he had a very impressive five year winning streak, followed by four more consecutive podium finishes. In the premier class the nine-time World Champion has won at the Australian track from 2001 until 2005, claimed second place in 2008 and 2009 and scored five third places in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2013.

‰ÛÏWe have a second place contest between me, Jorge and Pedrosa and I‰Ûªm worried because Jorge is so fast." Rossi said. "We have to give the maximum.

"I love Phillip Island and Sepang but three races in a row is always very difficult and a good start is very important. The podium of Japan was another positive result, especially because I have done well throughout the race and was very close to Marquez and Jorge.

"We held a very high pace and my bike was working very well. I really like the Australian GP and I want to ride a good race here, partly because most of my team is Australian. I want to get back on the podium and try to win again.

"We are working well, I like the circuit, and the Yamaha is going strong, so I think we can do it. I‰Ûªm in a good shape, so it will be a fun battle."

Phillip Island was constructed in 1956 and has hosted motorcycle Grand Prix until an extensive renovation took place in 1968. The Australian circuit made a comeback in 1989 and has been a favourite on the MotoGP calendar for both riders and fans ever since, thanks to its fast and fluid corners and the stunning ocean scenery.

Top Image: Jorge Lorenzo will aim to make it two wins in a row this weekend at Phillip Island

Credit: Yamaha Racing

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