Yamaha Has High Hopes for Le Mans

Yamaha_m1Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will be heading to Le Mans this weekend for the fourth round of the 2011 MotoGP season. Lorenzo currently leads the series, while Spies will be looking to jump-start his 2011 season with good results at the French circuit.

Lorenzo will be looking to continue his streak of podiums at Le Mans last weekend. Lorenzo took the win at Jerez and a second place finish at both Qatar and Estoril, giving Lorenzo 65 points and the points lead.

Lorenzo took the Le Mans win in 2010 and is looking forward to returning to the French circuit.

“I am coming back to Le Mans, a track I really enjoy and where I won last season,” Lorenzo said. “The people in Le Mans love motorbikes, they love the smell of fuel. We are on the top, but we should be focused on getting as many points as possible. Our main goal is the podium, our fourth podium, and to be in front in Montmeló. This track has a lot of chicanes and is fun for me. The weather is always changing, we have to be careful with the forecast, it can change everything.”

Spies hasn’t had the same good fortune as Lorenzo this season. Spies has crashed out of the last two races, and has only earned a total of 10 points this season. Spies and the Yamaha team had a successful testing session at Estoril, and are confident that they can turn their luck around this weekend.

“I’ve had a really relaxing few days off after Estoril back home in Como, Italy,” Spies said. “I had a good chance to get out on my bicycle and really work off some of the frustration from the race. Having felt so good at the start I really believed we could have delivered some strong results in Portugal. Anyway, we all move on together and as a team we’re coming to France determined to make up for it and really kick off our 2011 season again.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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