Jorge Lorenzo Wants to Limit Point Losses in Germany

Despite his recent injury in the US Grand Prix two weekends ago, Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo still believes a podium appearance is not out of reach in the upcoming German Grand Prix. Having suffered a terrible crash in the warm-up for the Laguna Seca race, the Yamaha rider will now have to tackle a much more technical track at the Sachsenring, which theoretically asks 100% physical fitness from any MotoGP rider.

Lorenzo raced hard at the Mazda Raceway in the US and eventually finished the race in 3rd place, behind teammate and championship leader Valentino Rossi. As compared to two weekends ago, the Spaniard admitted his shoulder and damaged foot are now better, but is still not 100% fit to race on Sunday.

Following my injuries in Laguna Seca, I am feeling a lot better after a week of rest but I won't be at 100 per cent this weekend. I have some pain in my foot when walking and also in my shoulder joint, so the first thing I will do when I get to Sachsenring is go to the Clinica Mobile,” said Lorenzo.

While reckoning that he won't be a contender for the race win on Sunday, Lorenzo insisted that limiting the point-disadvantage to his championship rivals – Rossi and Ducati's Casey Stoner – has become his new goal for the German race.

My aim as ever this weekend is to be on the podium and to try to get as many points as possible compared to the rivals that are in front of me,” added Lorenzo.

Under the circumstances, Rossi's job of becoming race winner in Germany after 3 years of absence seems easier by the day. With main title rivals Lorenzo and Casey Stoner still troubled by either injuries or unexplainable illnesses (respectively), Rossi is likely to be challenged only by 2007 German GP winner Dani Pedrosa for the Sachsenring win.

The action at the German track is due to get under way on Friday, starting with the first practice session scheduled for 12.40 PM.
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