Jorge Lorenzo’s hopes of ending his nightmare start to the MotoGP season have been boosted by his initial inspection of the new circuit for Sunday’s Argentine Grand Prix.
Lorenzo has just six points after admitting that he made “two very big mistakes” in the opining races in Qatar and Texas.
He is a massive 44 points behind title favorite Marc Marquez after crashing in Qatar and suffering an embarrassing jump-start penalty at COTA last week.
But a scooter ride in advance of Friday’s opening practice has Lorenzo thinking that the layout of the new three mile, 14 turn Termas de Rio Hondo circuit can be the platform for a revival.
“Things can always be worse and it has not been a dream start to the championship. I have made two big mistakes and the second one in Austin even bigger than Qatar – difficult I know, but true,” Lorenzo said.
“But you learn from your mistakes and it is difficult for a sportsman to always be on top and have the best performance. I hope to resolve it as soon as possible.
“This track looks more natural compared to circuits like Austin which has so many tight angles to make overtaking opportunities for Formula One.
“This is a more flowing track with just one corner in first gear, the final corner, and there appears to be a lot of third and fourth gear corners, very fast.
“In theory it is a track that suits very well my riding style and the Yamaha M1, but let’s see if the theory is true.”
Conceding the early advantage to fellow Spaniard Marquez has not been easy for Lorenzo with this pair billed as the logical pre-season favorites to fight for the title.
But Yamaha’s double world champion has shown that he has the mental strength to overcome setbacks in the past and he knows his focus must be on winning races and playing the long game.
“This not the moment to be thinking of the championship, I just have to fight for race wins as soon as possible,” he said.
The fast and flowing Argentine circuit could potentially negate a key advantage of Honda RC213V on which Marquez has won the opening two races of the season.
While high-speed corners are the natural home of the silky smooth Yamaha M1, Lorenzo continues to push for improvements that will match a key strength of the Honda.
“We would like to improve the braking with the electronic setup to try to be able to brake in a shorter distance which is the advantage for Honda,” Lorenzo added.
Importantly for Sunday’s third round of the championship, Marquez has declared himself “100 percent fit in terms of riding the bike,” although he is still not able to run after breaking his leg in a pre-season dirt bike crash.