Jorge Lorenzo braced for 'difficult' race at Sepang
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 1:15pm
Jorge Lorenzo: Tough weekend in Sepang
Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo admits this weekend's MotoGP race at Sepang will be 'difficult' for the riders.
It will be first anniversary of the death of Marco Simoncelli, who died after a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Lorenzo missed last year's race because he had a hand injury, but he says it will be an emotional weekend as he tries to extend his lead of 28 points over Dani Pedrosa.
"It's a track with difficult memories for all of us from Marco's tragic accident last year," said Lorenzo. "It is also a track which has very good memories for me from 2010 when I became MotoGP world champion.
"With three races left to go we must stay very focused and do our best to put on a good show this weekend. The track is maybe more suited to our bike than Motegi so we will be aiming for the best possible result."
Pedrosa has won four of the last five rounds including last Sunday's win at Motegi, Japan.
Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli said: "With just three races to go Jorge is now very close to securing the World Championship title, however we cannot afford to relax and each one will be crucial.
"We are not here aiming for second places, so if a win is possible that is the result we are trying for."