The Fiat Yamaha Team moves to Spain for the Grand Prix of Catalunya this week and after Valentino Rossi’s home race in Italy last time out it is now Jorge Lorenzo’s turn in the spotlight as the local hero. After a thrilling race in Mugello the pair now lie second and third in the championship and another exciting spectacle beckons this weekend at the high-speed Montmeló track.
Mallorcan-born Lorenzo lived in Barcelona for much of his early career and after a brief hiatus in London last year he has now returned to live in his beloved home city.
Following his Jerez crash Jorge Lorenzo will aim to return to the podium at Le Mans, where he featured in a Yamaha rostrum clean sweep last year.
Jorge Lorenzo should find things easier in Le Mans this year compared with his first visit to the French track as a MotoGP rider last year, when he rode with two fractured ankles.
His 2008 Grand Prix de France race saw him end up in second place despite his injuries, contributing to Yamaha’s podium domination alongside race-winning team-mate Valentino Rossi and third placed Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards.
Spanish sports fans were always going to be split down the middle this weekend, on the occasion of the latest edition of ‘El Clasico’ -the football derby between Barcelona and Real Madrid that customarily dominates the attentions of the national press.
The biggest all-Spanish clash on Sunday, however, is expected to take place at the front of the MotoGP race.
Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo head to the Gran Premio bwin.com de España as the form riders in MotoGP.
MotoGP title holder Valentino Rossi and his championship leading team-mate Jorge Lorenzo arrive at this weekend’s first European round of the 2009 season in great spirits after a successful start to the year for the Fiat Yamaha team.