Jorge Lorenzo: Rossi won't be a number two rider

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During Nolan’s Christmas party, one of our Italian cousin’s over at Motoblog.it was one of the several journalists present at the party and had the opportunity to interview reigning World champion Jorge Lorenzo and he seemed very impressed not only by the Yamaha rider’s immense talent on track, but also by his smiling and savvy PR confidence.

Here’s the translated interview for you:

Jorge, in 2013 you’ll be in Yamaha with the weight of four world titles. Is it a burden or a relief?

“I see everything from a postive point of view. Four World titles aren’t absolutely a weight, but an incentive. Certainly 2013 will be difficult with Pedrosa, and Marquez who is very strong and Valentino who is back in Yamaha

At the last edition of the EICMA you were surrounded by enthusiastic Italian fans, but you’re a Spaniard riding a Japanese motorcycle …

“Yes it is true. I’ve had a great feeling with Italian fans for several years, but now they are getting to know me better because of the events I take part in.”

Will you miss Casey Stoner as a rival?

Miss is a big word … He’ll definitely be missed by everyone for the incredible perfomances he was able to give, his invincibility at Phillip Island and his aggressive riding style. It’ll be difficult to find another hugely talented rider like him, but without Stoner it will be easier for everyone (laughing).

After your last World title what was the the best compliment your received?

“This morning at the airport. I was buying some magazines and a woman told me I was much better looking in person than on TV or in the papers.

Which rider inspired you?

“I’ve always liked Max Biaggi since I started watching the races on TV in 1995 and also “King” Carl Fogarty.

Lorenzo and Rossi together in Yamaha again, but now with the roles reversed …

“I don’t think Valentino will be a number two rider. In Yamaha we’ll have the same bike and we’re both very ambitious, both champions and we both want to win. It’ll be difficult that there won’t be be some friction between us but I think the situation will be better than four years ago.”

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