Marquez won 10 consecutive races while Lorenzo’s title hopes were dashed after just two races following a crash in Qatar and a bizarre jump start in Texas.
This season, Lorenzo has an upgraded Yamaha M1 with a full seamless shift gearbox and a new mindset after the mistakes of last year.
“I learned some lessons last year. That your physical condition is very important in MotoGP and also not to get anxious when things are not good on the bike," Lorenzo said.
"And also don’t start before the red lights go out!
"And while it is true that Marc won in 2013 in his rookie year in MotoGP, I lost my chance with some crashes. Without those crashes I believe I’d have won that championship.
"Obviously I could not have not won last year but nobody put a gun to my head and told me to crash. I crashed with my own mistakes and I have learned from it.
“You always want to be faster but for sure we are now a lot stronger than the beginning of 2014 but importantly we are also a lot stronger than the final races of last year. This means a lot. I believe I can beat Marc.”
With a strong burst, Lorenzo won two of the final five races of 2014 and out-scored Marquez at the back-end of a season in which Marquez won 13 races.
Not lost on Lorenzo is that his third place in the 2014 championship was his worst since his rookie 2008 season, when he was fourth.