Lorenzo targets home win for Yamaha

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo is hoping to give his Yamaha Team a home victory in his final Japanese appearance this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit before he moves to Ducati in 2017. 

The 29-year-old Spaniard has spent his entire racing career with Yamaha, having won the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Championship and 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP World Championship. He currently lies third in the 2016 MotoGP rider standings behind team-mate Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who sits at the top. 

In an interview, Lorenzo said that though the riders all faced a tough part of the season with three overseas races in a row he loved racing in Japan as Motegi had special memories for him.

"We now kick off the most different part of the season and maybe the most exciting because we face three races in a row and they are all overseas, so physically and mentally it asks a lot of you," said Lorenzo. 

"On the other hand, it is a nice adventure every time we go there. First on the list is Motegi and this track gives me great memories. I love Japan and I like a lot this circuit because of the people and for Yamaha and the other Japanese manufacturers this Grand Prix is so important. This is the real home race. 

"The end of the championship is still quite far away so we need to continue to ride in the best way possible, be competitive and try to win again. It would be fantastic to do that at Yamaha's home grand prix."

Yamaha has gone seven races without a victory despite having dominated the early part of the MotoGP season.