Jorge Lorenzo is under illusions about his chances of opening his MotoGP World Championship account with a win in today’s Grand Prix of The Americas.
A rare, but costly, first lap error at the opening race in Qatar has the hardcore Spanish racer on zero points and already scrambling to stay in the title chase against main rival Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo concedes that the Circuit of The Americas layout in Austin is Honda heaven and combined with Marquez talent, equally high-risk and sublime, almost certainly means a win in Texas is beyond his reach.
Lorenzo will engage his trademark race strategy, attempting a lightning start and a daring first lap surge in a bid to upset the super-fast pace of Marquez and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Lorenzo starts fifth on the second row and hopes for a sharper launch than his 2013 getaway in this race which saw finish third behind the Hondas.
“The tarmac at the start is a little bit dirty so I hope I don’t have the same problem as last year with too much wheelspin and sliding,” Lorenzo said.
“The start is important to overtake, if possible, Aleix Espargaro and then try to catch Marquez and Pedrosa. We will see what happens.
“In the race always some things can happen, it could rain also and in the rain anything is possible, but in a dry, normal race, from third to fifth would be a very good position for me. This is realistic.”
Lorenzo closed the gap to Marquez in qualifying to just under 0.5s, down from the massive one-second advantage Marquez held in early practice sessions.
“But the gap is still too far to the Hondas. I am trying my best to stay there, close to the top guys, but here it is difficult,” he said.
“I have to finish the race, don’t crash again and hope that something strange can happen.”
Lorenzo will race the softer compound 2013 spec Bridgestone rear tire. He has elected not use the latest 2014 spec harder compound tire which he believes does not suit his riding style and the Yamaha M1.Austin, Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP