MotoGP: I fear my mind the most, says Lorenzo
No one in MotoGP plays mind games better than Jorge Lorenzo, which is why Lorenzo believes that his mind is the only thing that can stop him winning a third MotoGP World Championship in 2015.
Lorenzo is in a special place right now, remaining untouched by rivals to lead every lap (103 in total) en route to winning the past four races at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona.
The speedy Spaniard goes into Sunday’s Dutch TT at Assen as a red-hot favorite for a fifth straight victory.
Lorenzo is in a special zone running out front alone; measuring his pace only against himself and the stopwatch is his special talent.
He is capable of racing with a tunnel vision and has sublime ability to deliver a metronomic pace over a grand prix distance.
His performance in leading a record 103 laps for those four consecutive wins has even stunned his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.
Rossi now leads Lorenzo by just one point in what has become a private war for the championship within the Yamaha team.
No one knows how dangerous Lorenzo can be in this frame of mind more so than Rossi who admits that "Jorge’s incredible pace is bad news for me."
With a combined six wins – Lorenzo with four and Rossi with two – from the opening seven races, the Yamaha pair have taken control of the title chase.
Lorenzo respects his rivals but reckons his mind is his biggest rival.
"My feeling, my mind, is my biggest fear," Lorenzo said.
"I am not racing alone and I race with big champions like Marquez, Rossi, Pedrosa and the Ducati guys.
"But if my mental state and my body are good I can win races. If you win races, you win the championship.
"I always try and attack. I tried to attack in first race in Qatar and had the problem with my helmet.
"I tried to attack in Austin when I was sick and in Argentina when the front tire wasn’t the best choice."
Lorenzo’s unsettled and mistake riddled start to the season is now a distant memory. Beginning with the Spanish GP at Jerez, he has refocused.
"What I needed to do was have the speed and consistency I had in the second half of the 2013 season and in 2012 when I won the championship," he said.
"I have done it and I need to make as many points as I can in this moment."
Lorenzo now stands level with the mighty Mike Hailwood on 37 race wins in the premier class.
One more on Saturday in Assen and he will be level with Casey Stoner on 38 and equal fourth on the all-time list behind Mick Doohan (54), Giacomo Agostini (68) and Valentino Rossi (84).