After securing his second Grand Prix win in a row in Mugello, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo is shaping up for his home race at this Sunday‘s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Valentino Rossi shares the love his teammate feels for the circuit in Montmeló and can‘t wait to bounce back from a premature end to his home GP in Mugello with a strong race this weekend.
Feeling good with his YZR-M1, Lorenzo is currently leading the championship by ten points and is eager to continue his winning streak at his home Grand Prix this weekend and take a third consecutive race win in front of his home fans. The Montmeló circuit is a track he likes very much, so the Mallorcan hopes to seize the opportunity to add a fifth Catalan premier class victory to his earlier wins in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
After the abrupt ending to an otherwise strong Mugello weekend, Rossi is determined to return to the podium in Montmeló. He holds a record of six premier class victories in Catalunya with wins in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009. At the moment, the Doctor holds third place in the 2016 championship standings and, as he is clearly in great shape, he fancies his chances to reduce the 37-point gap to his teammate this weekend.
The Catalunya track opened its doors in 1991 for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix and went on to host the European Motorcycle Grand Prix four years later. The circuit then became home to the Gran Premio de Catalunya and has been a crowd favourite ever since. It has won the IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ trophy in 2001 and is known as one of the most atmospheric and exciting races on the calendar, with the most famous battle in Montmeló being the unforgettable duel between Rossi and Lorenzo in 2009.
After a short break of a week, we are feeling motivated for the next round in Catalunya. We are moving from Vale’s and the team’s home race to another special event, as it will be Jorge‘s home Grand Prix this weekend. He is approaching Montmeló with a lot of confidence, having won two consecutive races at the last rounds. He really likes this track and so does Valentino. Vale is also in a good condition and feeling good with the bike, so he will be strong too. This track has been the host to some incredible races and we have achieved good results for our team here in the past, so we are looking forward to getting started.
MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER
Here we are, at my home race. Barcelona is so special for me. It‘s a track I love and most of my people are coming to this Grand Prix. I lived here for a long time and here I feel at home. I‘m still savouring my last win in Mugello, that one was so special because of the many ingredients that were mixed in. It was an important race for the championship. Now in Montmeló we need to add more points obviously but we will try to show our potential and try to fight again for the victory.
MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER
The Catalunya Grand Prix is held at one of my favourite tracks. I like the circuit a lot as well as the atmosphere. I think that I can have a good potential to do a good race. I‘m coming to Spain with the knowledge that I‘m able to be fast, but also with regret for what would have been a great race at Mugello. The most important thing is that we were very fast on Sunday thanks to the work we did during the weekend. In Barcelona we have to work in the same way and get ready to race.