Spaniard Jorge Lorenze is hoping to make use of home advantage by winning the MotoGP race in Barcelona this weekend.

Last year in Mugello, Lorenzo stopped Honda's win streak and the 26-year old has a great track record in races in his native country.

Lorenzo will enter the race in second in the championship standings, stuck in between fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez but he is confident he can win the Catalunya MotoGP.

"I'm quite satisfied after our great result at Mugello that completed an almost perfect weekend. Winning again was very positive for me and for the team and now we go to Montmeló, my home grand prix,” Lorenzo told reporters.

“Some parts of the track are quite suitable for us but the doubt is always if the track conditions and the temperature can benefit us. I am very optimistic for the race and we will keep on working on the bike in the same way that we did in Italy. 

“Compared to Mugello, Montmeló is a little bit slower but at least there are no first gear corners and hopefully that will help us a lot. This is a good track for us and we have to profit from it and try to repeat the victory. It could be great for the Championship."

He added: “As far as I'm concerned I will push 100% to achieve it.”

He suffered defeat to team-mate Valentino Rossi in 2009 after a last corner mistake but won the Catalunya round in 2010 and 2012. The factory Yamaha star has never finished lower than second in his Spanish races appearances, although he withdrew from the 2008 event.

With three Spanish riders leading the championship standings, Factory Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is fully expecting a Spanish winner in Catalunya.

“Barcelona is coming up and we have three Spanish riders on top. I think the motivation of all three is quite high because of visiting their home GP. Last year we had a big battle with Dani there and I think the track suits our bike quite well,” he said.

Lorenzo finished third in the first of the Spanish based rounds in Jerez when his clash with fellow Spaniard on the final turn overshadowed a race won by Pedrosa. Pedrosa leads Lorenzo by 12 points with Marquez 26 points behind the leader after five races.


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