Lorenzo: I'm strong like a bull

Lorenzo strong like a bull

Eurosport

The 24-year-old Yamaha Factory rider also reveals how his icy relationship with rival Dani Pedrosa has thawed in recent years, and believes a female rider will soon make an impact on the top level of motorcycle racing.

Q: Do you think that you are ready psychologically and physically to reclaim the world title in 2012?

A. Yes, I see myself as being stronger than ever. I have more experience, it’s my fifth year in MotoGP, I have already been champion, the pressure is not new and physically I am also better. I feel like a bull, I am very, very strong.

Q. What do you think your chances are for the new season and how much potential does your bike have?

A. I believe it will be a big year for us. We are in good shape but we always have to wait until the first race, we have to wait and see how it goes on track in a race situation. The 1000cc is a much better bike, it has a lot more potential, a greater capacity to improve and in pre-season we have got much closer to (2011 champion) Casey Stoner.

Q. Which bike do you enjoy riding more, the 1000 or the 800?

A. I’m much happier with the 1000, it is more fun to ride; it moves better, it can skid for longer and I see it as being more competitive, with more options. It is more fun to ride and I feel better on it.

Q. Do you think Stoner has any weak points?

A. More than weak points, he has strong points! Casey has at times struggled with the pressure of having someone on his tail, but that it not to say he has not worked on this and matured in this respect. He was weaker in the past but it seems he has improved – he has to ensure he doesn’t drop.

Q. This year’s bike seems to be much faster – will you continue to take risks or will the speed of the thing cause you to be more careful?

A. I always give the maximum on the track, in 45 minutes you have to know how to control and economise what you give. You need to be in the best condition physically to maximise your recovery and I am better than ever in this respect. So I will always aim to be at between 95 and 100 per cent of my potential, and the speed will not impede this because it is part of the whole.

Q. How is your relationship with Dani Pedrosa, is there still a grudge?

A. No, much less so now. When we see each other in the paddock we say hi and have a chat, no problems. The truth is we have a cordial, friendly relationship, with a lot of mutual respect and without the tension there was some years ago.

Q. Do you think that Pedrosa is better than you?

A. I don’t know! I think that everyone in MotoGP thinks they are the best, when you speak to them privately they will always insist so because every top athlete thinks he is the best and does things the right way. I’ve always believed that I can be the best and that I can win and I think it is clear that Pedrosa is one of the best too – like me, Valentino Rossi or Stoner.

Q. Do you think that any of the female bikers have the ability to race in MotoGP?

A. Yes, without doubt, I have seen lots of good things with the women racing at the moment, they are brave and very quick and I believe that soon enough we will see a woman doing something really big in motorcycling. Elena Rossell is a bit green but she is improving and learning lots in the CEV Championship. The best thing is that she is not alone, this year there are more and soon we will see someone making an impact on the main championship.

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